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Family of Islamic State suspect Alexanda Kotey horrified by reports

By Ryan Hooper

Published 08/02/2016

Jihadi John was unveiled as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi
Jihadi John was unveiled as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi

The family of a British man alleged to be a member of the Islamic State terror cell dubbed 'The Beatles' say they are "deeply distressed" at the claims.

Alexanda Kotey (32) has been named in Press reports as a key conspirator with Mohammed Emwazi - the killer more commonly known as 'Jihadi John' and seen on IS videos murdering Western hostages.

In a statement Kotey's family said: "The Kotey family are deeply distressed about recent media reports involving Alexe. They have not seen Alexe for a number of years."

Kotey, a Muslim convert and an apparent father-of-two from west London, was named following a joint investigation between the Washington Post and BuzzFeed News.

Another Londoner, Aine Davis, has also been named as one of 'The Beatles' in a report by ITV News.

There was no official confirmation of their names by the intelligence services, although the men have long been associated with Jihadi John.

Emwazi was killed in a US drone strike in the IS stronghold of Raqqa last November.

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