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Monday 23 October 2017

Jihadist claims to be half-Irish

A MAN who claims to be Irish and is fighting with ISIS has publicly defended the execution of British aid worker David Haines.

The fanatical convert - believed to be in his early 20s - claimed Mr Haines' former role in the RAF justified his brutal beheading.

Appearing on Ask.fm using the name Muthenna ibn Abu, the jihadist was writing yesterday on the social media website Ask.fm. His account has since been suspended.

Defending the killing the extremist, understood to be fighting in Syria, wrote: "David Haines was in the RAF for 10 years, the same RAF that bombs Muslims and gets involved in wars in the Muslim lands that has no direct threat and has nothing to do with Britain.

"Have you seen the track record of USA and UK how many innocent Muslims they have imprisoned and killed?

"Not to mention the occupation and killing campaign they support in Palestine."

Muthenna, who describes himself as "half-Irish half-Nigerian" has previously described his life under ISIS - and has been photographed posing with AK-47 assault rifles.

Muthenna says he is a Muslim convert and has described his own parents as "kuffars" (infidels).

A video showing Mr Haines being executed was released on Saturday night.

Mr Haines, a 44-year-old father of two, was in the RAF for 12 years before becoming an aid worker.

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