Two U.S. government sources said on Thursday that the Islamic State's infamous “Jihadi John” is actually a British man named Mohammed Emwazi.
He was born in Kuwait and comes from a prosperous family in London, where he grew up and graduated with a computer programming degree, according to the Washington Post.
In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent appears to have decapitated hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.
The Washington Post said Emwazi, who used the videos to threaten the West and taunt leaders such as President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, was believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined IS.
The British government as yet to confirm or deny the if Emwazi is “Jihadi John.”
“We don’t confirm or deny matters relating to intelligence. I am not going to get into the details of an ongoing police and security investigation.”
“We have said since we have seen the awful actions being taken by these terrorists that we are absolutely determined to bring the perpetrators to justice, and the police and the security agencies have been working hard to do that, continue to work hard to do that and that is what we want to see,” a British government spokeswoman said.