British PM vows to take Jihadi John “out of action”

As a child 'Jihadi John' wanted to be a top class footballer (File photo:Reuters)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to track down militants who commit ‘appalling and heinous crimes’ such as Mohammad Emwazi and “put them out of action.”

His stark warning came after British press revealed the real identity of the previously nick-named ISIS militant Jihadi John - who is widely believed to be responsible for the executions of a series of western journalists and charity workers including U.S. reporter James Foley.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday Cameron said: “When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can... to find these people and put them out of action.”

He did not expand on what he meant by this. But on Friday the widow of British aid worker David Haines, who was also beheaded by Emwazi, said she did not want the killer to die and “honorable death.”

Dragana Haines told the BBC: “I hope he will be caught alive... He needs to be put to justice.”

The West London computer programmer, Emwazi, is in his mid-20s and was previously known to security forces. On Friday British press published a school photo of the ISIS militant.

Website MailOnline revealed Friday that as a fun-loving 10-year-old, like other boys his age he loved watching The Simpsons, PlayStation games and wanted to be a footballer.

And people who knew him before he joined ISIS told the newspaper that he was a gentle man. Now at 26, he is the world’s most notorious killer.

It is not known how Kuwaiti-born British citizen Emwazi - a graduate of the University of Westminster in 2009 - came to become an ISIS militant, but it is thought he was probably radicalized by extremists when he was a student.
 

(With AFP)

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