“Jihai John” as the world knows him has been identified. The Islamic State member dressed in all black clothes, who has been seen beheading many western hostages in Syria and taunting audiences has been identified as “Mohammed Emwazi”, who was born in Kuwait but raised most of his life in London. Before joining the Islamic State, Mohammed was a graduate in computer programming in West London. He comes from a well-to-do family.
It is believed that Mohammed traveled to Syria in 2012 and then joined the Islamic State.
A representative of British Human rights had first recognized Mohammed. According to him, the hostages had given Mohammed the name, Jihadi John.
“There was an extremely strong resemblance. This is making me feel fairly certain that this is the same person.” said, Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group, CAGE, said after watching one of the videos.
Authorities have used many ways to investigate and identify him including voice analysis and interviewing his hostages. James B. Comey, the director of the FBI have stated that after watching his video killing the American journalist James Foley, they had come to realise that the man in black was no other but Mohammed Emwazi.
There is little left on the Internet about Mohammed Emwazi. His relatives and friends said that he was very polite and respectful towards women.
According to his friends, Mohammed had started to act differently when they all had planned a safari in Tanzania. Mohammed along with his Egyptian Muslim convert fried was stopped at Dar es Salaam, and was deported back. Mohammed flew to Amsterdam where he was stopped by an officer from the MI5, Britain’s domestic security agency. He was accused of traveling to Somalia where the militant group al-Shabab operates. Mohammed had shared all these incidents with a friend through emails.
When Mohammed planned to move to his birth-place, Kuwait with a job and a lady to settle down with. The London authorities had stopped him and did not let him travel to start a new life in his birth-place.
“I had a job waiting for me and marriage to get started. But now I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London. A person imprisoned & controlled by security service men, stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace & country, Kuwait.” he had written in his email.
His friends reported that his situation in London had made him eager to leave for his birth-place.
Once Mohammed made it in Syria, he contacted his family and one of his friends. However, it is still a mystery as to what he told them.