Terror probes eye killed Kiwi

Last updated 11:11 08/07/2014

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The New Zealander killed by a United States drone strike in Yemen was the subject of terrorism-related investigations, Australian Federal Police documents show.

Documents released to The Australian newspaper under Freedom of Information laws showed that Darryl Jones, a dual citizen of New Zealand and Australia, was a known Islamic radical and frequent subject of police attention.

Jones, also known as Muslim bin John, was recorded on Australian Federal Police holdings as the subject of numerous Australian Custom and Border Protection reports, criminal and terrorism-related investigations, the documents said.

It was reported he was a "known associate" of another Australian citizen with New Zealand links killed in the attack, Christopher Havard.

Havard was being formally investigated by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team over his alleged involvement in an al Qaeda-linked kidnapping of westerners in Yemen, and a warrant was out for his arrest, the documents showed.

The pair were among five killed last November in a US Predator drone strike on a convoy of al Qaeda militants in Yemen, though were reportedly not the targets of the strike.

When news of the deaths broke, Prime Minister John Key refused to identify the New Zealander involved.

He said the man was born in New Zealand and had family here who had been advised of his death some time ago.

Jones was named by The Australian on May 1, which said he was married with children, lived in Sydney and attended Australia's largest mosque, the Lakemba Mosque.

Havard's mother, Bronwyn Dowrick, and stepfather, Neill Dowrick, told Australia's ABC News he moved to Christchurch after converting to Islam.

Jones and Havard reportedly met in Christchurch where they both attended the city mosque.

It was understood Havard, formerly of Townsville, left Christchurch to work in a halal slaughterhouse in Invercargill and later flew to Yemen.

Jones reportedly went travelling in the Middle East in 2012, and last contacted his family in May that year.

The pair are buried in Yemen.

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