Two members of a deadly four-man Islamic State group which included the executioner known as Jihadi John are from Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith , it has been reported.
Alexanda Kotey and Aine Davis are believed to be part of the group jihadists, collectively known as the Beatles because of their British accents, who have been responsible for 27 hostage beheadings.
Kotey, 32, grew up in Shepherd’s Bush and is an avid QPR fan, while Davis was born in Hammersmith. A neighbour of the Kotey family described them as ‘nice and hardworking’.
The two men were believed to have been friends with Mohammed Emwazi, the man known to the world as Islamic State group executioner Jihadi John, who grew up a few miles away in Maida Vale. He was killed in a US drone strike in September last year.
Revealed in an ITV investigation, Kotey grew up in Shepherd’s Bush and is half-Ghanaian, half-Greek Cypriot.
He converted to Islam and was part of the aid convoy reportedly organised by politician George Galloway which travelled to the Middle East in 2009. Friends have not heard from him since.
getwestlondon had reported in 2014 that Davis was being linked to the beheading of American journalist James Foley .
He is the husband of former Holland Park School pupil Amal El-Wahabi, 27, who was found guilty of funding terrorism when she tried to get her friend, Nawal Msaad, 27, to smuggle £15,800 in her underwear to Turkey but was stopped in Heathrow Airport.
Davis was detained in Istanbul last November, according to Turkish officials.
At the time security sources have revealed he was held with a group of others who could have been planning an attack in Istanbul in parallel with the Paris outrage.
Kotey, Davis and Emwazi reportedly attended the al-Manaar mosque in Ladbroke Grove. An acquaintance of Kotey described him to ITV News as a “nice, polite and well-spoken person” with a magnetic personality who despite the efforts of the mosque “sucked people into his orbit”.
“The mosque did so much to keep these people at the fringes,” the person added.
A neighbour who has lived near Kotey’s parents from 12 years also said: “They always seem like really hardworking people. They are always off going to work.
“They were definitely not into all of that [extremism]. They seemed really nice, I just don’t believe it.”
The mosque in Ladbroke Grove has been contacted for comment.