Mohammed Emwazi, a 27-year-old, from Queen’s Park, is said to be the IS executioner who has appeared in a series of disturbing videos of the beheading of British and American hostages. In each video, he is mainly dressed in black head to toe, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose.
The masked Islamic State killer known as ‘Jihadi John’ was identified and named as a computer-programming graduate from west London.
Research director of a British human rights group Cage, Asim Qureshi, had contact with Emwazi before he left for Syria. Qureshi confirmed that the man in the videos was Jihadi John. Asim Qureshi commented, when talking with the Washington Post: “There was an extremely strong resemblance. This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person.”
It is reported that the radical extremist was known to the British security services and was detained, fingerprinted and questioned at a London airport by counter terrorist officials. The Intelligence Community has not confirmed this, neither have they commented on this claim.
‘Jihadi John’ has featured in the execution videos of British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, as well as the murders of American and Syrian captives and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.
Intelligence agencies have used voice analysis and interviews with former hostages to try to identify the executor. The FBI chief James B. Comey confirmed their success in September. This confirmation came only a month after the Briton was seen in a video killing American journalist James Foley.
Kuwaiti-born Emwazi is reported as a “a Briton from a well-to-do family.” Raised in a middle-class neighborhood in London, Emwazi occasionally prayed at a mosque in Greenwich.
Emwazi decided to move to his birthplace, Kuwait, where he found employment working for a computer company. This information was extracted from the e-mails he wrote to Qureshi. He came back to London twice, the second time to organise his wedding plans to a woman back home in Kuwait.
“I had a job waiting for me and marriage to get started,” he wrote in an email to Qureshi, in June 2010, he furthered by expressing “I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London. A person imprisoned & controlled by security service men, stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace and country, Kuwait.”
This news comes in the wake of the disappearance of three British teenage girls who have also allegedly left to join the terrorist group; IS.