UK won’t com­ment on re­ported death of ‘white widow’

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JED­DAH: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s spokesman re­fused on Thurs­day to com­ment on a news­pa­per re­port that a Bri­tish ter­ror­ist who re­cruited for Daesh has been killed in Syria by a US drone, Reuters re­ported.

"I've seen the re­ports, I don't have any com­ments to make in re­la­tion to this spe­cific case," the spokesman said. He re­peated govern­ment ad­vice warn­ing against all travel to Syria.

Sally Jones was killed along with her 12-year-old son, The Sun news­pa­per re­ported.

The pa­per said that Jones, who re­cruited fe­male for­eign ter­ror­ists, let the group brain­wash her son JoJo.

Jones — who left her home in Chatham, Kent, with Jojo in 2013 to join Daesh — reg­u­larly used him as a hu­man shield, said The Sun.

Last year, Jojo’s heart­bro­ken grand­par­ents iden­ti­fied him in a Daesh ex­e­cu­tion video.

Stand­ing be­hind a row of kneel­ing pris­on­ers in or­ange boiler suits, the boy bran­dished a pis­tol mo­ments be­fore the men were mur­dered.

The Sun said that it was a world away from his Kent child­hood, with rel­a­tives de­scrib­ing him as a gen­tle an­i­mal-lov­ing lad. One said: “He would never even tread on an ant.”

Syr­ian civil­ians gather on the western front af­ter flee­ing the cen­ter of Raqqa on Thurs­day. (AFP)

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