Families of British ISIS victims welcome the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the jihadi leader blew himself up with a suicide belt as US Special Ops forces raided his Syrian lair
- Donald Trump said ISIS leader died ‘like a dog’ in the US raid on his compound
- Mother of Manchester terror attack victim said ‘good on them’ after the kill
- Mike Haines, whose brother was beheaded, said leader was ‘evil and cowardly’
Families of Britons killed during ISIS’s blood-thirsty campaign of terror under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s leadership saluted the madman’s death last night.
Charlotte Coleman, whose daughter Olivia died in the Manchester Arena attack, told The Sun: ‘If they’ve killed him, good on them. No one will ever forget what they’ve done. ‘
‘Nothing will help at all with what I’ve been through but at least they have done a good thing and got one of the leaders.’
And Mike Haines, whose brother aid-worker David was beheaded in Syria, added: ‘His evil and cowardly beliefs and actions lack any humanity and caused the death of many innocent people.’
Olivia Campbell-Hardy is pictured, left, with David Haines pictured, right, as their families praised the killing of the ISIS leader
Caliphate leader: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his own suicide vest during the targeted raid on his lair in Syria’s Idlib province and killed three of his children in the blast. He is shown in a still from a video released in April, having not been seen since he spoke at the Grand Mosque in Mosul in 2014
Donald Trump yesterday confirmed that the 48-year-old terror leader died ‘like a dog’ after fleeing into a tunnel in Idlib.
Boris Johnson said: ‘The death of Baghdadi is an important moment in our fight against terror but the battle against the evil of Daesh (IS) is not yet over.
A satellite view of the reported residence of ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, prior to the airstrikes. The compound on the top right of the image was obliterated after the assault by US troops
‘We will work with our coalition partners to bring an end to their murderous, barbaric activities once and for all.’
Salman Abedi murdered 22 people in the Manchester Arena attack at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22 2017.
Jihadi John (left) murdered Yorkshire-born aid worker David Haines (right) in September 2014
Pictured: A victim of the Manchester Arena attack following the atrocity at a concert in May 2017. Families of those killed by ISIS have praised the US for cornering the terror group’s leader, who Donald Trump has confirmed is dead
David Haines was beheaded by Mohammed Emwazi – also known as Jihadi John – in September 2014 after ISIS captured him the previous year.
American-led forces descended on al-Baghdadi’s lair in Syria overnight and cornered him in a tunnel.
Five years ago al-Baghdadi launched his self-styled ‘caliphate’ which brought new wave of terror to the globe,
His murderous reign came to an end after he detonated his own suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children.
Abdullah Qardash, who previously served in Saddam Hussein’s Army, is now thought to have replaced him as leader.
Iraqi-Kurdish officials detained one of Baghdadi’s wives, a nephew and the wife of one of his trusted couriers.