Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY RUSSELL MY­ERS, TOM PARRY and MARTIN FRICKER

REL­A­TIVES of a Bri­tish ji­hadi bride be­lieved to have been killed by a US drone are hold­ing out hope her 12-year-old son is still alive.

Is­lamic State re­cruiter Sally Jones, 50, was re­port­edly struck down near the Syria-iraq border in June.

No DNA ev­i­dence was col­lected so her death could not be con­firmed and it was un­clear if son Jojo was killed.

But in­tel­li­gence sources sug­gest the mum from Chatham, Kent could have been tar­geted when Jojo was not with her, so he may have been spared.

Jojo was said to have been rou­tinely used as a hu­man shield by Sally and her IS cy­ber chief hus­band Ju­naid Hus­sain, from Birm­ing­ham, who was killed in a 2015 drone strike when he ven­tured out with­out the boy.

Jojo’s dad Dar­ren Dixon, 40, said of Jones last night: “I’m glad she’s f***ing dead.” Jones’s older son Jonathan Wilkinson, 21, said: “I don’t know any­thing about it. It’s all bulls***.”

Jones had been try­ing to flee the IS strong­hold of Raqqa af­ter be­com­ing dis­il­lu­sioned with the ter­ror group.

She fled to Syria in 2013 and wed Hus­sain af­ter meet­ing him on­line. She put a photo on so­cial me­dia of her­self dressed as a nun point­ing a gun.

Footage last year ap­peared to show brain­washed Jojo ex­e­cut­ing a pris­oner in Raqqa with other child sol­diers.

De­fence Sec­re­tary Sir Michael Fal­lon said Bri­tish na­tion­als fight­ing with IS in Syria are a “le­git­i­mate tar­get” for drone strikes.



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