CANBERRA -- Australia's most dangerous known Islamic State movement operative had been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq, the government said Thursday.
The United States had confirmed that Neil Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, was killed in Mosul on Friday, Attorney-General George Brandis said.
The 24-year-old Australian citizen of Cambodian and Fijian heritage converted from Buddhism in 2012 and traveled to Syria a year later.
The former rapper from Melbourne city featured in Islamic State recruitment videos, was linked to several attack plans in Australia and had urged lone wolf attacks against the United States.
"Prakash was a very important, high-value target," Brandis told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "He was the most dangerous Australian involved with ISIL in the Middle East," Brandis added, referring to the militants as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.