"Jihadi John," the Briton named Mohammed Emwazi.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Mohammad Emwazi, the ISIS terrorist known as "Jihadi John" responsible for multiple beheading executions is on the run, from none other than ISIS itself, the British tabloid The Mirror reported on Friday.
According to the report, Emwazi is terrified by the publicity after he was identified as the murderer of British and American hostages and fears being hunted down.
Emwazi is a Kuwaiti born Londoner who emigrated to Britain in 1988 at the age of six. He has murdered multiple foreign journalists, including two Americans, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.
A former ISIS translator told Sky News
in March that Emwazi was then seen as the Islamic State group's chief executioner and was both feared and respected in the organization.
But now, according to the report, Emwazi is believed to fear that his unmasking identification by the foreign media has "diminished his value as an ISIS killer and that jealous fellow jihadists might plot against him."
He may have joined a less well-known jihadist group in Syria to try to hide from the huge manhunt for him across the Middle East where British and US special forces are operating, The Mirror
A source told the British tabloid that Islamic State would drop Emwazi “like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them."
“So it is possible he will end up suffering the same fate as his victims," the source added.
Emwazi, whose father was a cab driver and who attended Quintin Kynaston Academy, a school which aims "to develop the best in every student", and then the University of Westminster where he studied computer programming , arrived in Syria in 2012 where he cultivated himself as the poster-child of the foreign fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State.
Part of Emwazi's appeal was his willingness, even enthusiasm in killing foreigners, decapitating them with a knife which he characteristically featured in various videos in which he is seen beside his victims.
In each beheading video, he is dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the ridge of his nose. He wears a holster under his left arm.
Hostages gave him the name John as he and other Britons had been nicknamed the Beatles, another was dubbed George. Reuters contributed to this report.
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