Share this article Share 'I found myself excelling in my studies, just as my siblings had, and had dreamed of becoming a political journalist,' he wrote. The school dropout is now reportedly dead after IS said he had blown himself up in a suicide bomb attack in Ramadi, in central Iraq, about kilometers west of Baghdad. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was seeking to confirm reports he has been killed overseas, adding that she would not comment on reports he was planning an attack in Melbourne until she was fully briefed.
Bilardi pictured, left in a school photo from Year 10 - the year he converted to Islam, according to school friends, and wearing a Chelsea Football Club shirt pictured right On Thursday, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke about reports of Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi being linked to a suicide bombing in Iraq and the Australian Ms Bishop said Bilardi's passport was cancelled in October last year.
She added that if the reports of his death were confirmed it was another tragic example of a young Australian being lured to a 'senseless and violent death'. Australian authorities were aware Bilardi travelled to Iraq and Syria in August last year, she said.
At least 20 Australians have been killed in the conflict and passports have been cancelled on national security grounds. Last year, Bilardi joked about his dislike of the photo that first emerged of him holding a rifle in front of an IS flag. Bilardi reportedly told BBC Newsnight journalist Secunder Kermani that his 'biggest problem [with the photo being published] is that it's a bad photo of me. The journalist spoke with Bilardi via online messages last year.
ISIS leaked a photograph of year-old Australian Jake Bilardi pictured in the vehicle he allegedly blew himself up while driving it In a typical propaganda move in , the terror group first released a photo of Bilardi pictured in front of the IS flag and sat in between two armed extremists. On Thursday, they followed up with another photo intended to evoke fear, showing Bilardi sat in the battered white van he allegedly blew himself up in.
A further image of Bilardi sitting on a mattress on the floor in front of an Islamic State flag was also posted to Twitter with the caption: Bilardi used words of terror, fear and hatred on social media after running away to Iraq since turning to the extremist group at some point after his mother's death from cancer in He was also expressing anti-Western sentiments years before he fled to the Middle East. On Thursday, an image of Bilardi sitting in front of an Islamic State flag was posted to Twitter In comments posted online about news stories and opinion pieces, Bilardi pointed out the alleged evils of Australia and the United States.
A collection of his comments seen on the website, Disqus , showed the teenager was an avid reader of Al Jazeera and interested in Middle Eastern issues. He hit out at an American who he accused of Islamophobic behaviour. They brought this on themselves. You are a prime example of an Islamophobe,' Bilardi said.
Bilardi also accused American soldiers of 'always killing innocent civilians' in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying they were bombing and shooting them 'just for fun'. After becoming radicalised, the former maths genius - who adopted the Arabic name Abu Abdullah al-Australi - sent a series of sick tweets to federal police gloating about future terror attacks on Australia.
A third photo published on social media by IS, no doubt specifically chosen for Bilardi's westernised appearance in it, showed the teen wearing a blue Chelsea Football Club shirt 'Keep going, dogs': In a series of tweets around Christmas time, Bilardi purportedly threatened more attacks after following the Martin Place siege Threatening riposte: The tweets, which were first revealed by Daily Mail Australia, also showed he was considering returning home to follow an Islamic State leader's order to kill disbelievers, including Australians, by any means possible.
When BBC Newsnight journalist Secunder Kermani interviewed Bilardi last year he reportedly said a suicide attack was 'what he planned'. He said he met the man at the 'hiyc' - the Hume Islamic Youth Centre in Coolaroo, near Meadow Heights In these social media posts seen by Daily Mail Australia, Bilardi reported that he had arrived in the Iraqi city of Ramadi after 'making jihra' or departing in August In December, Mr Kermani alerted Bilardi to the fact that the photo of him - holding an assault rifle in front of an IS flag as he sat in between two armed extremists - was being widely publicised in Western media.
I don't have no respect for a fraud caliphate that has hijacked my religion. In December, Bilardi reported that he was in Ramadi, a city located in central Iraq, and said he 'made hijra or departed in August. It has emerged that Bilardi, a former Craigieburn Secondary College student, converted to Islam in when he was in Year 10 - shortly after his mother died of cancer.
Video surfaced overnight from his school days which shows Bilardi being 'happy slapped' - a bullying tactic which sees a group of people slap their victim, film it and upload it online to humiliate them. Whenever you tried to joke with him he would react aggressively,' Mr Shefket told Daily Mail Australia. Friends told Daily Mail Australia that Bilardi was bullied while at high school in Craigieburn in Melbourne's north, and video emerged last night showing him being 'happy-slapped' The bullying tactic sees a group of people slap their victim and film it on a camera phone before uploading it online in order to humiliate them ' It was verbal bullying, but nothing too serious, things that a normal person would shrug off easily,' he said.
Mr Shefket said Jake converted to Islam in Not many people knew him and he never opened himself up. Jake told his family he had a 'journalist' job lined up in Istanbul after communicating online with a person he believed was an American journalist from the BBC.
But it has now emerged the reporter was an Islamic State recruiter, according to Fairfax Media. The revelations about Jake were made shortly after two teenage brothers were detained at Sydney Airport by counter-terrorism authorities on Friday night. The two siblings, aged 16 and 17, from south west Sydney were trying to leave Australia to fight in a conflict zone and were reportedly collected by their their mother after they were detained and their luggage searched.
The pair had reportedly booked flights to an unidentified country in the Middle East.