David cameron says that US drone strike to kill ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi known as Jihadi John was ‘act of self defence’. He says “we cannot yet be certain” that the US airstrike against Emwazi was successful.
Cameron describes Emwazi as the “lead executioner” of Isis. He says the airstrike was done in “self-defence”. He thanked the US.
Cameron’s description about his thoughts are with the victims of Isis. “Nothing will bring back the lives of David and Alan”, the prime minister says. “They were the best of British.”
He welcomed the reported killing of Emwazi “a strike at the heart” of terror group Islamic State.
Cameron said it had not yet been confirmed that Mohammed Emwazi – who he branded a “barbaric murderer” – was dead.
But he said Britain had been working “hand in glove” round the clock with its closest ally the US to track down and target the militant, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of several IS hostages, including Britons Alan Henning and David Haines.
In a statement outside 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister said that Emwazi had remained a threat to innocent people, including in the UK.
And he said: “This was an act of self defence. It was the right thing to do.”