‘Dead jihadists can’t harm UK’ – minister

Image copyright Handout Image caption Reyaad Khan, from Cardiff, was killed by an RAF airstrike in Syria

No British citizen who has fought for so-called Islamic State should be allowed back into the country, the defence secretary has said.

In an interrogation with the Daily Mail, Gavin Williamson said: “Quite plainly, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any damaging to Britain.”

He said everything should be done “to destroy and extinguish that threat”.

At least 800 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for IS and 130 of those have been killed in conflict.

Mr Williamson, who made over as defense secretary last-place month, told the daily: “I do not believe that any gunman, whether they come from home countries or any other, should ever be allowed back into this country.”