“Jihadi John” named

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 26, 2015

The masked Islamic State (ISIS) militia, who appeared in the beheading videos of five Westerners last year, has been identified by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi.

According to the paper, Emwazi, believed to be in his late-20s and born in Kuwait, grew up in West London to well-off family and even graduated with a degree in computer programming. He reportedly left for Syria in 2012 before later joining ISIS. Sky News reports that Emwazi was first identified by US authorities in September last year, a month before the beheading videos started appearing online.

In each of the videos, Emwazi, nicked named Jihadi John by the press for this recognisable English accent, appears in a desert background, dressed entirely black, while brandishing a knife with each of the five victims clothed in orange jumpsuits, kneeling before him whilst looking into at the camera.

Although none of the actual beheadings were shown on camera, only the aftermath in some cases, Emwazi is widely believed to have carried out the killings on American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, US aid worker Peter Kassig and earlier this month, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

London Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Commander, Richard Walton, has declined naming Emwazi as the alleged killer, telling CNN, “We have previously asked media outlets not to speculate about the details of our investigation on the basis that life is at risk.

“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”.

Emwazi’s friends reportedly told the paper that he become radical after a planned safari to Tanzania ended with him being detained at Dar es Salaam airport. He later was said to have been flown to Amsterdam where an MI5 officer accused him of trying to reach Somalia to join al-Shabab.

 

CAPTION: Mohammed Emwazi, beliefed to be the masked Islamic State (ISIS) militia, Jihadi John, shown in a still image of the first beheading video of American journalist, James Foley.