Sunday 23 October 2016

Australia's most dangerous IS terrorist killed in Iraq air strike

Published 05/05/2016 | 06:55

A member of ISIL is pictured in Raqqa (REUTERS)
A member of ISIL is pictured in Raqqa (REUTERS)

Australia's most dangerous known Islamic State operative had been killed in a US air strike in Iraq.

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The United States confirmed that Neil Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, was killed in Mosul on Friday, Australian attorney general George Brandis said.

Prakash, 24, an Australian citizen of Cambodian and Fijian heritage, converted from Buddhism in 2012 and travelled to Syria a year later.

The former rapper from Melbourne featured in IS recruitment videos, was linked to several terror attack plans in Australia and urged lone wolf attacks against the United States.

"Prakash was a very important, high-value target," Mr Brandis said.

"He was the most dangerous Australian involved with Isil (another name for IS) in the Middle East."

The United States also confirmed the death in Syria of the sister of a 15-year-old Australian boy who was shot dead by police after he gunned down a police accountant outside a Sydney police station in October last year, Mr Brandis said.

Shadi Jabhar Khalil Mohammad left Australia the day before her brother Farhad Jabhar died.

She and her Sudanese husband, Abu Sa'ad al-Sudani, were killed in a US air strike near the Syrian town of al-Bab on April 22. Both had been IS recruiters of foreign fighters and had inspired attacks against Western interests, Mr Brandis said.

Authorities estimate 110 Australians are fighting for IS in the Middle East.

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