Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Video - Recording shows al-Shabaab gun battle in which British jihadi was killed
Video - Recording shows al-Shabaab gun battle in which British jihadi was killed.(ITV).
The shadows are lengthening in the bushland of northern Kenya as two cells of Al Qaeda inspired Al Shabaab fighters come together for their final briefing in the hours before launching a blood fuelled terror attack.
At their very heart is the heavily bearded British Muslim-convert Thomas Evans, a large dagger tucked behind the ammunition pouches strapped to his chest.
The Briton from the small Buckinghamshire village of Wooburn Green - known as the 'White Beast' because of his brutality - is clearly relaxed and smiles as he embraces fellow Islamist fighters who have crossed in groups from the Al Shabaab heartland of Somalia to team up with Kenyan-based terrorists in preparation for their dawn operations.
Hours later the 25 year-old is dead, shot as he helped lead an assault on the Kenyan Defence Force base – the first case of a British Islamist militant being killed on Kenyan soil.
Exclusive footage obtained by ITV News shows a fierce gun battle between al-Shabaab militants and Kenyan security forces in which a British jihadi was killed.
Thomas Evans was filming during the raid on a military base in Lamu County, on Kenya's northern coast, when militants were met with a barrage of gunfire from troops.
As a gunfight ensues, Evans appears to be hit and the camera falls to the ground.
Reports of Evans' death surfaced earlier this month.
He was believed to have converted to Islam aged 19 before travelling to join the extremist group in 2012. The footage also offers a unique insight into how the terror group prepare for attacks against Kenyan security forces.
In one clip, dozens of armed militants - including Evans - can be seen embracing and chanting as they prepare for the attack.Read and see the full story here and more here.