'Jihadi John’ Identified as Mohammed Emwazi From London

BBC says the Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from West London is key suspect in killings of Western journalist and his aid workers

Times of Israel
The Islamic State fighter known as “Jihadi John,” who has been seen in videos of showing the beheadings of Western hostages, has been recognized by the BBC as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s from West London.

According to the BBC, Emwazi was known to UK security services, but his name has been withheld from the public for operational reasons.

Last August, Emwazi, sporting a black robe and speaking with a thick British accent, was featured in an Islamic State video in which he apparently killed American journalist James Foley. He was later believed to have been seen in the videos of the beheadings of US journalist Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British taxi driver Alan Henning, and American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter, the BBC reported.

Emwazi was a “person of interest” to the British MI5 intelligence agency at least since 2011, as he had been discussed in semi-secret court cases relating to extremism overseas and in the UK, the BBC reported. He had been previously described as a member of a network involving at least 13 other British extremists

Surprise:  'Jihadi John' comes from a wealthy London family