British-born IS terror commander who boasted of killing anti-Muslim figure in the UK is killed

British-born IS terror commander who boasted of involvement in killing anti-Muslim figure in the UK is shot dead while leading an assault on a village in Yemen, the jihadi group says

  • Abu Rayana al-Britani was said to have recruited and trained other UK terrorists
  • He was killed during assault on a village in Yemen after years of jihadi activity
  • His Islamic State obituary said inspired the killing – by one of his ‘disciples’ – of a man who had ‘harmed’ Muslims in the UK
  • Intelligence experts are working to link him to a killing carried out on British soil
  • Do YOU know more about Abu Rayana al-Britani’s UK background? Email [email protected]


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Do YOU know more about Abu Rayana al-Britani’s background?

A British-born Islamic State commander who boasted of involvement in killing an anti-Muslim figure in the UK has been shot dead while leading an assault in Yemen, the jihadi group has claimed.

Abu Rayana al-Britani, who was said to have recruited and trained other UK terrorists, was reportedly shot while leading an assault on the village of al-Hamidah.

Intelligence experts are now attempting to establish whether the details in Abu Rayana’s tribute link him to a killing carried out on British soil, The Sun reports.

He reportedly travelled to Yemen for ‘terror training’.

According to the group’s newsletter al-Naba, Abu Rayana was in his 30s and was born into a ‘conservative family’ in the UK where he was known as Yunus. He was involved in gangs in his younger years and ‘was thrown in prison many times’.

The group said he became radicalised in the UK after ‘the invasion of Iraq’, and travelled to Yemen for terror training and to learn Arabic.

After returning to the UK he worked to radicalise ‘Christians’ and convert several to Islam, including one ‘disciple’ who ‘became hostile to the Christians’ and ‘killed one of the main guys harming Muslims’ in Britain, the jihadi group claimed.

Abu Rayana al-Britani, a British-born Islamic State commander who boasted of killing an anti-Muslim figure in the UK, has been killed while leading an assault in Yemen, the jihadi group has claimed

Abu Rayana al-Britani, a British-born Islamic State commander who boasted of killing an anti-Muslim figure in the UK, has been killed while leading an assault in Yemen, the jihadi group has claimed

Anti-terror officers are understood to be working to identify if this crime took place, and who the victim may have been if it did.

Al-Britaini returned to Yemen in around 2011 ‘for jihad’, ISIS claimed, saying he ‘had good positions’ and brought other foreign fighters to take part in a civil war in the country.

The group said he staying in the country and fought in a war there in 2015, changing allegiance to Islamic State from al-Qaida and being appointed an emir – or commander – leading men into battles.

It was in one such fight in the village of Al-Humaydah where he was killed. ‘The battles and clashes intensified and he threw an RPG shell … then they heard the crack of a shot and [al-Britani] fell’, the propaganda sheet said.

The terror group did not provide any further details about his identity.

Intelligence experts are now attempting to establish whether the details in al-Britani's tribute link with a killing carried out on British soil

Intelligence experts are now attempting to establish whether the details in al-Britani's tribute link with a killing carried out on British soil

Intelligence experts are now attempting to establish whether the details in al-Britani’s tribute link with a killing carried out on British soil

Yemen’s civil war was sparked after the Huthis seized the capital Sanaa in 2014, prompting Saudi-led forces to intervene to prop up the government the following year.

Tens of thousands of people have died and millions displaced in what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Yesterday, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said that it had killed 138 Huthi rebels over the previous 24 hours in raids near the government stronghold of Marib.

The coalition, which has militarily backed the internationally-recognised Yemeni government since 2015, has reported strikes on a near-daily basis with high tolls each time.

The Huthis rarely comment on the strikes but have continued their advance towards Marib, the last remaining government stronghold in the north.

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