Wednesday 26 October 2016

Friend of Alan Henning 'sceptical' over claims of Jihadi John death

Published 13/11/2015 | 09:58

Alan Henning
Alan Henning

A friend of murdered hostage Alan Henning has said she is still "sceptical" following news that "Jihadi John" may have been killed by a drone strike.

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Louise Woodward-Styles, who organised a candlelit vigil for the taxi driver after he was captured by the terrorists, said that, even if British-born Mohammed Emwazi had been killed, the family of the 47-year-old from Salford would not get closure following his brutal murder.

She said: "I don't think there will be closure, particularly for Alan's family and close friends.

"His body wasn't returned home and from that aspect it was something they had to deal with privately. For them to say that Jihadi John has been killed doesn't mean anything. It is something that the Government can say they have done successfully."

She added that she would have preferred Emwazi to have been brought back to the UK to face justice.

"Alan has gone and nothing will bring him back. I'm slightly sceptical about the target being successful. We don't trust the Government when it comes to the war.

"Drones are not the answer, nor is bombing innocent people. I would rather him be brought back to face justice."

Mrs Woodward-Styles, from Salford, said Mr Henning's two children were doing their father "proud".

She added: "They are doing their father really proud and are bright and caring. I think they will be focused on carrying on with dad's good work. I don't think they have the energy to have negative thoughts.

"We have to remember why Alan was there in the first place, that's the important message we need to address - what's going on in Syria and why he went out there so we can continue his legacy."

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