Defence secretary's 'kill UK jihadists' call causes widespread outrage

Politicians and family members say Gavin Williamson’s comments amount to an illegal policy of ‘extrajudicial killing’

MPs, families and legal experts have raised serious concern about comments made by the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, suggesting that British troops should break the law by committing targeted extrajudicial killings of British jihadists.

The Labour MP and former paratrooper Dan Jarvis said Williamson’s comments that Britons who have fought for Islamic State abroad should be hunted down and killed were “morally, legally and practically wrong” and contravened long-held British policy.

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