The Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” has been identified as a Londoner called Mohammed Emwazi, it has been reported.
Emwazi was born in Kuwait and comes from a well-to-do family, according to the Washington Post.
He grew up in West London and graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in computer programming.
Aged 27, he is believed to have travelled to Syria in 2012 and to have joined Islamic State later.
A close friend of Emwazi told the newspaper: “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John. He was like a brother to me… I am sure it is him.”
A representative of the British human rights group CAGE who had been in contact with Emwazi before he left for Syria also said he believed he was “Jihadi John”.
“There was an extremely strong resemblance,” research director Asim Qureshi said after watching a video of him beheading a hostage.
Apparently, Emwazi was identified by US authorities in September, a month after he rose to notoriety in a video killing American journalist James Foley… see more