'Britons who join Islamic State should be hunted and killed'- UK defence minister

Last Updated: Dec 07 2017 17:27

According to Britain's new defence minister, Britons who have joined the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq should be hunted and killed.

Gavin Williamson said that Britons who had gone to Syria or Iraq to fight for Islamic State hated what Britain stands for, and that air strikes could be used against the estimated 270 British citizens who are still out there.

"Quite simply my view is a dead terrorist can't cause any harm to Britain," Williamson told the Daily Mail in an interview published late on Wednesday.

"We should do everything we can do to destroy and eliminate that threat," he said, adding that he believed any British fighters who joined Islamic State should never be allowed to return to the United Kingdom.