US officials have a 99% confidence that their drone strike has taken out British Isis militant known as ‘Jihadi John’.
Senior military sources said there is a “high degree of certainty” that Mohammed Emwazi was killed in a drone strike targeting his car in Raqqa.
Many people have reacted jubilantly, but some of the relatives of the hostages were not so happy with the result.
The mother of US journalist James Foley, beheaded in the first propaganda video where Emwazi appeared, had said his death would be a “small solace” to the family.
“This huge effort to go after the this deranged man filled with hate when they can’t make half that effort to save the hostages while these young Americans were still alive,” Diane Foley told ABC News.
Stuart Henning, who is the nephew of murdered British taxi driver Alan Henning, had said he had “mixed feelings” about the drone strike.
“Wanted the coward behind the mask to suffer the way Alan and his friends did but also glad it’s been destroyed,” he wrote on Twitter.
A friend of Mr Henning said that even if Emwazi has been killed, the volunteer’s family will have no closure.
“For them to say that Jihadi John has been killed doesn’t mean anything,” Louise Woodward-Styles added. “Drones are not the answer, nor is bombing innocent people. I would rather him be brought back to face justice.”
Dragana Haines, widow of aid worker David Haines called for Emwazi to be captured alive, stating he did not deserve an “honourable” death.