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Jihadi John apologises for shaming family but has 'no regret' over executing hostages

Ben Tufft

Published 08/03/2015 | 14:23

Investigators believe that the masked killer known as "Jihadi John", who fronted Islamic State beheading videos, is a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi (REUTERS)
Investigators believe that the masked killer known as "Jihadi John", who fronted Islamic State beheading videos, is a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi (REUTERS)
Mohammed Emwazi has reportedly apologised to his family for the shame he has brought on them
Mohammed Emwazi stands over Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, whom he murdered

Mohammed Emwazi has reportedly apologised to his family for the shame he has brought on them but has expressed no regret for murdering Western hostages.

Mr Emwazi, who has been identified as the ISIS executioner known as 'Jihadi John', expressed remorse for the “problems and trouble the revelation of his identity has caused,” according to the Sunday Times.

He sent his apology via a third party from Syria to his family, who have been forced into hiding.

However, he said he would not apologised for the barbaric murders he committed on camera of several hostages, including the British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.

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Experts believe his apology may have been made for self-interested reasons, as Muslims who dishonour their parents are thought to be more likely to go to hell.

The computer science graduate from the University of Westminster is believed to have left Britain in early 2013 by hiding in a freight lorry on a Channel ferry, before travelling on to Turkey and then Syria.

He was identified last month as Mohammed Emwazi by the Washington Post and the BBC.

Born to Iraqi parents, his family moved to Britain in 1994, after the Kuwaiti government rejected their application for citizenship.

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His father, who has fled to Kuwait to avoid public abuse, was reported to have called his son a “terrorist” and “dog” last week.

He has since backtracked from these remarks, questioning whether his son was in fact “Jihadi John,” as there is “no proof”.

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