Reports have found that the masked Islamic State fighter who appeared in several videos showing IS hostages being savagely executed and beheaded has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen with a degree in computer programming. Friends and supporters of Emwazi said they believe he is a tall, thin man. Moreover, his London-accent has led people to nickname him, “Jihadi John.”
Emwazi appears in the hostages videos donning a completely black cloak, including a black mask over his face and a gun holster on his waist. United States and British officials have not commented on the reports regarding his identity. Emwazi is said to be a Kuwait-born, Islam-practicing, middle-class Londoner. British friends of his said they think he began the process of radicalization a few years ago, following trips to the Middle East and Africa.
He is said to be a “person of interest” to British law enforcement officials, though this has not been confirmed.
By Alex Lemieux
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