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Killing ‘Jihadi John’ justifiable- PM

Prime Minister justifying drone attack on Mohammed Emwazi. Image: Live BBC Television News

Prime Minister justifying drone attack on Mohammed Emwazi. Image: Live BBC Television News. Click through.

The Prime Minister David Cameron says if the US airstrike in Raqqa, Syria has been successful the killing of Mohammed Emwazi, known as ‘Jihadi John’, was the ‘right thing to do’

In an emphatic statement in Downing Street outside number 10, he said the military drone strike was an act of self defence because Emwazi was an ‘ongoing and serious’ threat to British citizens.

Emwazi was brought up in Maida Vale from the age of six and educated at primary and secondary schools in Westminster.

He also graduated from the University of Westminster.

David Cameron said he was ‘a barbaric murderer.’

BBC news coverage of Prime Minister's statement on 'Jihadi John' outside 10 Downing Street. Image: BBC News screen grab

BBC news coverage of Prime Minister’s statement on ‘Jihadi John’ outside 10 Downing Street. Image: BBC News screen grab

He paid tribute to British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines.

They were ‘the best of British.’

His thoughts were with their families and friends, who should be proud of their:

courage and selflessness, which stand in stark contrast to the empty callousness of their murderers.

Mr Cameron said Emwazi was a ‘lead executioner’ and ‘intent on murdering many more people.’

He added:

If this strike was successful – and we still await confirmation of that – it will be a strike at the heart of Isil.

And it will demonstrate to those who would do Britain, our people and our allies harm, we have a long reach, we have an unwavering determination, and we never forget our citizens.

Britain and our allies will not rest until we have defeated this evil terrorist death cult and the poisonous ideology on which it feeds.

Labour Party opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn said it would appear Mohammed Emwazi had been ‘held to account for his callous and brutal crimes:’

We await identification of the person targeted in last night’s US air attack in Syria.

It appears Mohammed Emwazi has been held to account for his callous and brutal crimes.

However, it would have been far better for us all if he had been held to account in a court of law.

These events only underline the necessity of accelerating international efforts, under the auspices of the UN, to bring an end to the Syrian conflict as part of a comprehensive regional settlement.

Source: Live feeds from BBC News, Sky News, The Press Association.

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