Mohammed Emwazi born Muhammad Jassim Abdulkarim Olayan al-Dhafiri on August 17, 1988, and died on November 12, 2015.
He was a British Arab man alleged to be the person seen in several videos produced by the Islamic extremist group ISIL showing the beheadings of a number of captives in 2014 and 2015.
A group of his hostages nicknamed him “Jihadi John” since he was part of a four-person terrorist cell with British accents whom they called “The Beatles”.
On November 12, 2015, US officials reported that Mohammed had been hit by a drone strike in Al-Raqqah, Syria, and the following day, UK officials stated a “high degree of certainty” that Emwazi was killed.
Mohammed was born Muhammad Jassim Abdulkarim Olayan al-Dhafiri on 17 August 1988 in Kuwait to Jassem and Ghaneyah.
The family, who were Bedoon of Iraqi origin, moved to the United Kingdom in 1994 when he was six.
They settled in inner west London, moving between several properties in Maida Vale, later living in St John’s Wood and finally in Queen’s Park.
Mohammed attended St Mary Magdalene Church of England primary school, and later Quintin Kynaston School.
In 2006, Mohammed went to the University of Westminster, studying Information Systems with Business Management.
He secured a lower second-class BSc (Hons) on graduation three years later.
At age 21, he worked as a salesman at an IT company in Kuwait and was considered by his boss as the best employee the company ever had.
Mohammed Emwazi was killed in drone strike on November 12, 2015. He was age 27.