‘Jihadi John’ Identity Revealed as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi – ABC News
“Jihadi John,” the British-accented man who appeared in all black in several ISIS videos in which he appears to behead Westerners, has been identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, a former senior intelligence official confirmed to ABC News.
The BBC and The Washington Post first reported the name early Thursday, with the Post citing a close friend who said he or she has “no doubt” that Emwazi is the man. A former senior U.S. intelligence official who was involved in the hunt for the man confirmed the name to ABC News.
The Post described Emwazi as being from a “well-to-do” family in London, who graduated college with a computer programming degree.
British authorities have declined to comment on the man’s identification. Commander Richard Walton of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) told BBC, “We have previously asked media outlets not to speculate about the details of our investigation on the basis that life is at risk.”
“We are not going to confirm the identity of anyone at this stage or give an update on the progress of this live counter- terrorism investigation,” he said.
The man who would be come to be known as “Jihadi John” first appeared in a string of disturbing videos produced by ISIS last August in which he appears to slice the necks of Western hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. By September, the FBI said it had learned “Jihadi John’s” identity, but it was not revealed to the public.
According to the BBC, Emwazi was born in Kuwait and was “known” to U.K. security agencies. The Post reported he’s believed to have traveled to Syria in 2012.