THE family of Bolton aid worker Alan Henning have welcomed the news that two British suspected IS terrorists accused of killing him are now likely to go on trial in the US.

No date has yet been set for when Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, both in their 30s and from west London, will appear in court over the brutal killings of British and US citizens, which were among many filmed and beamed around the world in gruesome detail by so-called Islamic State.

Mr Henning was captured and tragically killed in Syria in 2014 where he had gone as a volunteer on an aid convoy which set off from Bolton to help orphans.

Elsheikh and Kotey are accused of belonging to a cell of executioners in Syria known as The Beatles because of their British accents, and are said to be responsible for killing a number of Western captives including Britons Mr Henning and David Haines.

The victims’ families, in a statement from charity Hostage International, described a High Court ruling allowing the UK to share case information with US authorities as a “huge result for us”.

They added: “We have only ever wanted to see these two men being held accountable and brought to justice through a fair trial for their alleged actions.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that “further evidence to support the prosecution” of the two men was “finally” sent to America following Tuesday’s court decision.

The cell’s ringleader was said to have been Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, who was killed in a US air strike in 2015.

The group’s fourth member, Aine Davis, was later jailed in Turkey.

The prospect of a criminal trial increased after Elsheikh’s mother, Maha Elgizouli, this week lost a judicial review as she sought to prevent evidence against her son and his co-accused being sent to the US.

Ms Elgizouli’s lawyers had unsuccessfully argued Ms Patel’s earlier decision was unlawful as it was incompatible with the Data Protection Act, and asked the court to order that no material should be provided to the US.