American intelligence sources have revealed the identity of the ISIS executioner Jihadi John as Mohammed Emwazi to the Washington post. The Guardian and the BBC report the identity, without citing their sources.
Metropolitan Police would not confirm the reports. The Home Office has no comments.
It is alleged that the suspected beheading expert who has appeared in numerous videos released on YouTube to be a middle class west Londoner, who was radicalized and went on to join the terrorist group in the middle east. He has had previous run-ins with the British Intelligence MI5.
Reports suggest that acquaintances of his recognize his face from the images available. They would swear that the man must be Mr Emwazi.
Richard Walton from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command :”We are not going to confirm the identity of anyone at this stage or give an update on the progress of this live counter-terrorism investigation”.
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Emwazi, believed to be aged 27, was known to MI5 as a “person of interest” in 2011, according to the BBC. It reports that his name was not revealed at an earlier stage for “operational reasons”.
One of Emwazi’s friends was quoted by The Post as saying: “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John.”
The Post claims that Emwazi is from an affluent family in west London and graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in computer programming. It says he is believed to have travelled to Syria in 2012 and later joined Isis.
A spokesperson for the University of Westminster confirmed that Emwazi left the University six years ago. It said that if the allegations are true, it is “shocked and sickened by the news”.
“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, the spokesperson said. “We have students from 150 countries and their safety is of paramount concern. With other universities in London, we are working to implement the Government’s Prevent strategy to tackle extremism.”
An international manhunt led by the FBI was launched in August 2014 when he was thought to have appeared in video footage showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.
Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group, CAGE, said there was an “extremely strong resemblance”, between the militant in the videos and Emwazi. Mr Qureshi says he was in contact with Emwazi before he left for Syria.
Foley’s death was followed by the brutal killing of four more UK and US aid workers and journalists, all of whom were shown in footage next to a balaclava clad militant dressed in black, believed to be Jihadi John.
He is thought to have been featured in videos threatening the lives of Japanese hostages Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, who were later killed by the extremist group.
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