A New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen has been
named as Daryl Jones by an Australian newspaper.
Mr Jones, who had taken the name Muslim bin John, was a dual
citizen of Australia and New Zealand and was among five
suspected al-Qaeda members killed in in a US predator drone
strike in November.
He has been named by The Australian newspaper.
Australian Christopher Havard, 27, was also among the five
people killed in the November 19 strike, and had lived in New
Zealand for two years before moving to Yemen.
According to The Australian, the pair were travelling in a
convoy of cars in Hadramout, in east Yemen, when the drone
Jones was married with children and used to live in Sydney,
where he regularly attended the Lakemba mosque, the newspaper
A Facebook post on the Revert Muslims Association page, dated
less than a month after the drone strike last year, stated
"brother Daryl Jones" was missing and had been planning to
return to New Zealand.
"I have received news our brother Daryl Jones, also known as
Muslim, is missing. He last called his family in May earlier
this year from Dubai. He was going to fly back to New
Zealand. There hasn't been contact since."
The Australian reported Mr Jones had been travelling in the
Middle East in mid 2012.
Prime Minister John Key previously said Mr Jones was being
monitored by intelligence services before moving to Yemen.