Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jihadi John 'Kidnapped Two Boys, Got Them to Strip and Dumped Them on M1' Former Friend Tells of Punishment for Gang Attack at London Estate Exclusive

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jihadi John 'Kidnapped Two Boys, Got Them to Strip and Dumped Them on M1' Former Friend Tells of Punishment for Gang Attack at London Estate Exclusive

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

THE Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John once kidnapped two schoolboys at gunpoint in retaliation for a gang attack on his brother, the Standard can reveal today.

Mohammed Emwazi forced the teenagers into a car and ordered them to strip to their underwear before dumping them on the M1. A former friend said it was punishment for an assault the previous day when he and Emwazi's younger brother Omar were beaten up and attacked with bricks.

The incident occurred in 2008 when Emwazi was at the University of Westminster, a year before he was questioned by the security services who suspected him of trying to reach militant training camps in Somalia. The friend, who was aged 14 at the time, said the attack was sparked because of "postcode rivalries" between two west London estates.

He had gone to Emwazi's home on the notorious Mozart estate in Queen's Park to buy a stolen bicycle from Omar, but was spotted by two people who knew he was from the rival Lisson Green estate.

He told the Standard: "The Emwazis lived on Mozart. The gang there, Mozart Bloods, used to have big rivalries with other areas the YGM gang in Lisson Grove, other gangs in Ladbroke Grove people would get stabbed, hit with hammers all the time. I ended up going to Mohammed's house to buy a bike off Omar. He sold stolen bikes to people at school and you would get a big discount.

"I was planning an 'in and out job' but two guys saw me. There was a big fight. They threw a brick at my head and broke my arm, Omar was punched in the face a few times and beaten up.

"The next day Mohammed turned up with two religious guys with beards. They drove round in a car and found these two guys who attacked us, threatened them with a gun, made them take all their clothes off and drove off. They dumped them on the M1 motorway.

"They weren't attacked physically but they were threatened. It was a message. I saw the guys the next day at school and they apologised to me. Mohammed was a bit of a hard nut. He wasn't into gangs but people were wary of him. They were pretty scared."

The friend said Omar never discussed his brother's involvement with the security services. …

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