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Reports say 'Jihadi John' was raised in UK

2 years 2 months 4 weeks ago February 26, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 Thursday, February 26 2015 February 26, 2015 2:35 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

LONDON - The world knows him as "Jihadi John" -- a masked militant seen holding a knife in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group.

And now, there's a growing body of evidence that suggests he's a university graduate who was raised in London -- someone described by a man who knew him as kind, gentle and humble.

The Washington Post and the BBC today are identifying the militant as Mohammed Emwazi. He's in his mid-20s and was born in Kuwait before being raised in a modest, mixed-income area of West London.

British anti-terror officials won't confirm it -- and neither will the White House. But a group at London's King's College that closely tracks fighters in Syria says it believes the identification is correct.

According to the news reports, Emwazi was known to British intelligence services before he traveled to Syria in 2012.

The daughter of a British aid worker who was killed in September -- in one of the videos featuring the masked militant -- says identifying the man is a "good step." But she tells ITV News that "all the families will feel closure and relief once there's a bullet between his eyes."

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