Two English members of the Islamic State (Isis) terror gang fronted by 'Jihadi John' and dubbed The Beatles by their captors, have reportedly been identified. Named as Aine Davis and Alexanda Kotey, the pair are said to have grown up in West London before making their way to Syria.
It is not known which one was dubbed "Ringo" or "George" – allegedly the most violent of the set. The quartet was apparently given the collective nickname "The Beatles" by hostages due to their distinctive British accents.
Emwazi – the killer given the moniker Jihadi John – was filmed beheading at least four Westerners including Britons Alan Henning and David Haines – which led to him becoming one of the world's most wanted men. His November death by a US drone strike in the Syrian city of Raqqa was confirmed the January issue of the group's glossy house magazine, Dabiq,
Jihadi George and Ringo
Kotey, known as Alexe, has previously been named as a key conspirator with Emwazi. Raised a Greek Orthodox Christian, by a Greek-Cypriot mother and Ghanaian father, the 32-year-old who grew up in Shepherd's Bush converted to Islam as a teen, according to a joint investigation by the Buzzfeed website and Washington Post newspaper.
Kotey is believed to have been a key recruiter for the terror group and helped radicalise young men in London before travelling to Syria. He is said to have fled Britain in 2009, leaving his two children behind, when he travelled to the Gaza Strip on an aid convoy of 110 vehicles organised by London mayoral candidate George Galloway.
A spokesman for the then Respect MP said Galloway had not heard Kotey's name until press reports emerged, although he conceded that there were around 500 people on the convoy and it was "entirely possible that they could have been on that trip, but George just doesn't know the name".
The helping wife
Davis, who has been mentioned in British court cases in connection with terror allegations as long ago as 2014, was named by ITV News. Born in London with roots in Gambia, he became increasingly interested in Islam in around 2007, the broadcaster said, adding that he left England in 2013 to become an Isis (Daesh) guard.
Davis's wife, Amal El-Wahabi, was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2014 for funding terrorism. She was jailed for two years after being convicted of convincing a friend to take £15,380 in euros to Turkey to help her husband and the IS fight.
All three are reported to have attended London's Al-Manaar mosque, where they were marginalised for extremist views.
The director of the mosque Saleha Islam said in a statement that he was "fully committed to ensuring that our children are not groomed and radicalised".
"Al-Manaar is a centre where we have up to 3,000 people attending every week, it is not a membership club and anyone can come and pray," he said. "The suggestion that the mosque has radicalized young men shows how ignorant people are of Islam and how mosques work."