Reuters - Video

Edition: US | UK | IN | CN | JP

video MOST POPULAR

Jihadi John was 'a beautiful young man' - charity worker

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:31

A charity worker who knew the man known as ''Jihadi John'', gets emotional during a news conference, saying Mohammed Emwazi was a ''beautiful young man''. Mana Rabiee reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

At a news conference in London with a UK charity ... dismay..... … that a young man these men once knew as Mohammed Emwazi is reportedly the masked killer (fade to file) featured in gruesome Islamic State beheading videos. Asim Qureshi is with the UK Charity - Cage -- which says it helps communities impacted by the so-called War on Terror. He says Cage had worked with Emwazi going back to 2009 - calling him a victim of undue pressure from security services. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESEARCH DIRECTOR OF CAGE, ASIM QURESHI, SAYING: "Sorry, it's quite hard because... he's such a... I'm really sorry, he was such a beautiful young man, really." Emwazi was reportedly born in Kuwait but grew up in a prosperous family in West London - and graduated with a degree in computer programming from the University of Westminster in London. It's believed he traveled to Syria in 2012 and later joined Islamic State. Near his alma mater, students -- too -- are in disbelief. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STUDENT SAYING: "I was quite shocked, I mean, a human being just like me, one of my peers who went to the same university that I go is beheading people now. I mean, it just interests me why would they do it? The British government and police refuse deny or confirm Emwazi's identity as the so-called "Jihadi John"… the man who remains -- under both names - one of the most hunted figures in the world.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Jihadi John was 'a beautiful young man' - charity worker

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:31