A second member of a British group of Islamic State militants dubbed “the Beatles” has been identified as a 32-year-old half Greek Cypriot from London, according to a Washington Post and BuzzFeed investigation published on Sunday.
The man, Alexanda Kotey, has a Greek Cypriot mother and Ghanaian father, and left Britain in 2009 to travel to Gaza as part of an aid convoy, the report said.
The Washington Post said a US intelligence official had confirmed that Kotey had travelled to Syria.
The group, whose leader Mohammed Emwazi or ‘Jihadi John’ gained notoriety for appearing in videos showing the murders of Western hostages, are said by former hostages of Islamic State to have been assigned to guard foreign prisoners, and were nicknamed “the Beatles” due to their English accents.
Londoner Emwazi is believed to have been killed in a US drone strike last year.
It was not clear whether Kotey was the guard nicknamed “Ringo”, who has previously posted online about growing up in west London’s Shepherd’s Bush area, or “George”, identified by some hostages as a senior figure in the group.
The Washington Post and BuzzFeed said Kotey was a soccer fan who had grown up in West London and converted to Islam in his early 20s, after meeting a Muslim woman with whom he had two children.
He had attended the same mosque as Emwazi, they reported.