Australian teenage ‘white jihadi’ dies in Isil suicide attack in Ramadi

An Australian teenager who ran away to fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has reportedly died in a suicide attack in Iraq.

Jake Bilardi, 18, was a high-achieving schoolboy from Melbourne, who converted to Islam after the death of his mother in 2009, when he was 13. He dropped out of school in the middle of last year and bought a one-way ticket to Istanbul, en route to Iraq and Syria.

On Wednesday it was reported that Bilardi, who used the nom-de-guerre bu Abdullah Al Australia, had died in a suicide attack, driving a white van packed with explosives into a target in Ramadi, in Anbar province.