Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Junior Jihadi 'Son of London I.S. Bride' Striking Similarity to Boy in IS Mother's Twitter Picture

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Junior Jihadi 'Son of London I.S. Bride' Striking Similarity to Boy in IS Mother's Twitter Picture

Article excerpt

Byline: Nicholas Cecil, Justin Davenport and John Dunne

A YOUNG boy featured in a chilling new Islamic State execution video is feared to be the son of a runaway jihadi bride from London.

Scotland Yard was today working with Lewisham council officials amid claims that the child dubbed Jihadi Junior may be one of the sons of Grace "Khadijah" Dare, from southeast London. Previously a devout Christian, Dare was among the first Britons to join IS and told of her wish to become the first UK woman to kill a Westerner. The boy, dressed Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 in military fatigues and a black bandana bearing the IS mark, declares: "We will kill kuffar [non-believers]" in new footage in which five shackled men wearing orange jumpsuits are shot dead, after being accused of spying for Britain.

The victims were reported to have come from the Syrian town of Raqqa.

Dare, thought to be aged 24, fled to Syria in 2012 and married a Swedish Islamist fighter called Abu Bakr. Last year she tweeted a photo of her then four-year-old son Isa smiling as he aims an AK-47 rifle. He bears a remarkable similarity to the child in the latest video, which lasts 10 minutes.

Isa has a younger brother, who would now be two or three , who his mother has referred to as a "mini-mujahid", or holy warrior. The boy in the new video is believed to be aged five or six.

A masked man, believed to be British, attacks David Cameron, labelling him "an imbecile" for launching air strikes in Syria, before killing a prisoner. Four other men then kill one victim each.

He appears to be seeking to copy Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, "Jihadi John", who took part in beheading hostages including Britons David Haines and Alan Henning, before being killed in a US drone strike in November.

A No 10 spokesman said: "We are examining the content of the video. The Prime Minister is being kept updated. It serves as a reminder of the barbarity of Daesh. It's also clearly a propaganda tool and should be treated as such."

Security services and police are also analysing the footage. Scotland Yard said: "The Met's Counter Terrorism Command is assessing the content of videos that appear to show the murder of hostages. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.