The daughter of British aid worker David Haines, who was murdered by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) last September, has hit out at recently unveiled “Jihadi John,” saying he would be better off dead.
The London-accented militant’s identity was confirmed as 26-year-old Kuwaiti-born Briton Mohammed Emwazi by a U.S. intelligence official Thursday.
“It’s a good step, but I think all the families will feel closure and relief once there’s a bullet between his eyes,” Bethany Haines told ITV News.
Cloaked in a balaclava, Emwazi appeared in the beheading video of Haines’ father, as well as numerous other Western hostages, including James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Alan Henning.
Emwazi became radicalized after moving overseas to escape alienation and harassment in England, joining ISIS in Syria last year, according to reports.
Haines said she is waiting for Emwazi’s capture and does not fault British security for failing to thwart his journey to Syria. “It is shocking, but they’re doing their job, they’re doing the best they can they’ve not dealt with a so-called Islamic State like this before,” she said.
“Once he’s captured there will be a lot of happy faces,” Haines added.