The British Islamic State militant who has featured in videos featuring the execution of Western hostages, known as ‘Jihadi John’, has been named.The man is Mohammed Emwazi, a young British man from West London who was known to British security services.
Security agencies did not disclose his name earlier due to operational reasons.
Emwazi is thought to have killed American journalist James Foley in a video released last August.
He is further believed to have featured in the videos of the beheadings of US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British taxi driver Alan Henning, and US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter.
Emwazi is reported to have links with a former UK control order suspect who fled to Somalia in 2006 and has alleged links to the funding of militant group Al Shabab, which recently threatened to carry out terror attacks on London’s Oxford Street.