THERE are "credible" reports Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf may have been killed in Syria alongside two of his young sons.
The Federal Government has received information that Sharrouf and his sons, Abdullah, 12 and Zarqawi, 11, were killed in a coalition air strike on 11 August close to the Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria, according to the ABC's 730 program.
It's believed Sharrouf's brother identified the bodies and pictures of the corpses have been shared among Australia's jihadist community.
Sharrouf left Australia to join IS in 2013, a year after he completed a four-year jail term for plotting a high-level terrorist attack on Australian soil.
Later that same year, Sharrouf's wife Tara Nettleton also left for Syria, and took the couple's five children with her.
During his time in Iraq and Syria, Sharrouf has posted photos of himself online holding up the severed heads of pro-Syrian government soldiers they had killed.
And in 2014 Sharrouf horrified observers when photos of another of his sons - then aged just seven - surfaced online, with the boy pictured holding the head of a murdered soldier.
Sharrouf has had several close shaves with death before. If the reports are correct, his luck may have finally run out.
The Australian government had investigated whether Sharrouf died in a drone strike that killed fellow Australian IS fighter Mohamad Elomar in Syria in June 2015.
But in May, a video surfaced - which was said to show Sharrouf grilling one of sons about how to kill people - which may have proved the Sydney man survived that strike.
The disturbing video was believed to have shown the eight-year-old boy wearing a suicide vest and brandishing a large knife.
A man standing off camera, and reported to be Sharrouf, is heard asking the boy how to kill "non-Muslims" and "Australians", with the child then demonstrating how he would do that.
More to come.
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