Poland probes whether Pole died fighting with IS in Syria

AP News
Posted: Mar 02, 2017 10:15 AM

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities have opened an investigation into whether a Polish national suspected of fighting with the Islamic State in Syria has been killed.

The national prosecutor's office said Thursday that it had asked the Internal Security Agency, a counterterrorism body, to verify media reports of the alleged death.

SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi postings online, reported Wednesday that the man, using the name Abu Khattab al-Polandi, was killed. It cited IS in Aleppo province.

The prosecutor's office said the man has been under investigation in Poland for "crimes of a terrorist nature" and illegal firearms possession. An international arrest warrant was issued for him last year.

The Interpol arrest warrant identifies him as Jakub Jakus, a 24-year-old from Sandomierz, a small town in southeastern Poland.