Government verifying reports Australian terrorists have been killed

Government verifying reports Australian terrorists have been killed

The Federal government is working to confirm reports that two of the Australia’s most wanted terrorists have been killed while fighting with the Islamic State.

Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar travelled to Syria in 2013, and last year photos were posted of them online, holding the severed heads of Syrian government forces.

A person close to one of the men’s families says the men have been killed while fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while another source says they have been killed in a drone strike in the last week.

Elomar’s body is believed to have been recovered but the remains of Sharrouf are missing.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australian officials are awaiting verification of their deaths.

“The likelihood of verification in relation to Mr Elomar is probably imminent, however in relation to Mr Sharrouf, we’re still seeking to verify the reports,” she said this morning.

“Given the security situation in Iraq it’s difficult for our authorities to gain the kind of information that would be required to verify these reports.

She has used the reports to again stress Australians should not be travelling to these war zones.

Australian police issued arrest warrants for both men last year, but it appeared unlikely either would ever return to Australia.

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