A former British singer who became a lead recruiter for the Islamic State has been killed in a U.S. airstrike, U.S. authorities said, according to the Sun.
Sally “White Widow” Jones, a former British punk rock artist, joined ISIS after converting to Islam and fleeing to Syria with her 12-year-old son JoJo, to be with her husband Junaid Hussain in 2013.
Jones was reportedly killed in an unmanned drone strike in June near the border of Syria and Iraq.
“The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it’s good riddance,” a source told the Sun.
Jones’ son, JoJo, is believed to have been killed in the same airstrike.
According to reports, Jones was fleeing ISIS’ stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, and heading for Mayadin.
Her husband, Junaid Hussain – a British computer hacker, was killed in an airstrike in 2015.
Jones reportedly often used her son as a human shield during fights against forces fighting ISIS.
Jones was used as an ISIS recruiter, encouraging western girls to join ISIS.
She shared pictures of herself on Twitter carrying weapons and giving advice on how to travel to Syria. Jones also encouraged individuals to carry out attacks on the west, offering advice on how to create homemade bombs.
Jones was reportedly a high-priority target for the United States.
JoJo’s father, Darren Dixon, told the Daily Mail: “I’m fu—-g glad she’s dead.”
Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “aware of reports” of Jones’ death but could not comment further, BBC reported.
Even though authorities are confident she was killed, her death can not be confirmed, as it is not plausible to collect evidence on the ground.
Other high-profile ISIS targets have been reported to have been killed, but some have reappeared, including ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
It was reported that al-Baghdadi was killed, but a recording was recently released by ISIS, casting doubts that he was actually killed.
Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said that he could not confirm if Jones was killed in an airstrike.