Fifth member of the 'Jihadi Beatles' is identified as 'psychopath' west Londoner

Hudaifa Elgerbouzi is thought to have been the first Briton to join Isil - ITV News
The identity of a British Islamic State executioner, known as the 'fifth Beatle', may have been identified as a west Londoner called, Hudaifa Elgerbouzi.
The Islamist, who was killed last year in Syria, was thought to be a member of the all British terror cell, responsible for a series of horrific murders in caliphate.
Along with fellow Londoners, Alexander Kotey, El Shafee Elsheikh, Aine Davis and Mohammed Emwazi, the group carried out some of the most notorious murders under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
Dubbed The Beatles, because of their British accents, the gang were thought to be responsible for the kidnapping of 27 people and the murders of at least five western hostages.
Initially it was thought there were only four members of the gang, but witnesses had mentioned other associates and sources have now suggested Elbergouzi was also an integral part of the terror cell.
He is thought to have been the first Briton to travel to Syria and join up with Isil after the caliphate was first declared in 2013.
The Jihadi Beatles were responsible for the murders of western hostages
Known by some fellow fighters as 'Red Beard', because of his facial hair, Elbergouzi, became notorious for his brutality and commitment to the cause.
But unlike some of his terrorist comrades, he always remained under the radar, reluctant to allow his identity to be shared online or in propaganda videos.
One of his close associates told ITV News: "He was a psychopath… trying to fulfil his violent and criminal fantasies with God’s stamp of approval."
Elberghouzi is understood to have gone to school in west London with Kotey, who along with Elsheikh are now being held in Syria awaiting extradition to the United States.
The pair face the potential death penalty if convicted of terrorist offences.
According to ITV News, Elberghouzi was a passionate Arsenal fan when he was growing up, and enjoyed going to the gym and playing football.
But he travelled to the middle east when he was aged 20, on board an aid convoy.
He later entered Turkey from Greece, before traveling over the border into Syria, where he joined Isil in its formative days.
He allegedly travelled with Tarik Hassane, who later returned and is now serving life in prison for a plotting to kill police officers, soldiers and civilians in London.
Hassane, 24, who also grew up near Elbergouzi, was nicknamed the Surgeon because he was studying medicine in Sudan.
After returning to Britain he had identified Shepherd’s Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Barracks at White City as possible targets for a terror atrocity.



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