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UK: ‘Jihadi John’ named by media

Saturday 28 February 2015, by siawi3

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/jihadi-john-named-by-media/article6938777.ece

London, February 27, 2015

“Jihadi John†, the masked Islamic State militant apparently responsible for beheading Western hostages, was named on Thursday as Kuwait-born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi by experts and the media.
The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at London’s King’s College, a leading resource for studying foreign jihadists, said it believed the identity “to be accurate and correct†.

Cage, a civil rights group that was in contact with Emwazi for two years over his alleged harassment by British security services, said the man bore “striking similarities†to the hooded militant. The group’s research director Asim Qureshi told a Washington Post reporter that due to the hood “there was no way he could be 100 percent certain.

But London’s Metropolitan Police would not confirm a report that first appeared in the Washington Post , which identified the suspect as Emwazi, who grew up in west London after moving to Britain aged six.
“We are not going to confirm the identity of anyone at this stage,†Richard Walton, head of the police Counter Terrorism Command, said in a statement.
Contacted by AFP, the Interior Ministry could not immediately comment on the reports.

Emwazi, believed to be in his mid-20s, was identified to the Post by friends and others familiar with the case, with one close acquaintance telling the paper: “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John†.
He is from a middle class family and earned a degree in computer programming before travelling to Syria around 2012, according to the report.
He is described as being quiet and polite with a taste for stylish clothes. — AFP