AUSTRALIAN authorities are investigating reports that Punchbowl jihadist Khaled Sharrouf and his sons have been killed in Syria.
Sharrouf slipped out of Australia in 2013 using his brother's passport, travelling with his four children and wife, to Syria, where he had fought with the terrorist rebel group Islamic State. He had spent four years in prison on terrorism charges after he was convicted of plotting to attack the Holsworthy army barracks in 2009.
The Islamic extremist became Australia's most wanted terrorist after images of himself, and his seven-year-old son, holding Syrian soldier's severed heads, travelled around the world in 2014.
The former Chester Hill High School student was reported to have been killed in 2015 by a drone strike. His death, however, was not confirmed, and later reports suggested that he was still alive. Earlier this year he became the first dual citizen to have his Australian citizenship stripped for terrorism.
Sharrouf, 36, was reported to have been killed by a coalition airstrike in Syria on August 11 2017.