British Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed “Jihadi John” due to his London accent, has gone on the run in Syria, fearing the organization no longer has any use for him, British newspapers reported Saturday.
According to the Mirror, the 26-year-old Londoner is said to have been “terrified by the publicity when he was identified as the murderer of British and American hostages and fears being hunted down.”
Emwazi has been seen in a number of IS propaganda videos beheading Western prisoners, including Israeli-American journalist Steven Sotloff, American journalist James Foley and British aid worker Alan Henning.
The newspapers quoted a source as saying that Islamic State would drop Emwazi “like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them.” The source added, “So it is possible he will end up suffering the same fate as his victims.”
Emwazi was concerned that “jealous” fellow members of Islamic State would conspire against him, the Express said. The newspaper speculated that the terrorist could have joined a less prominent jihadist group in Syria, in a bid to maintain a low profile.
The former London resident emigrated to the UK from his native Kuwait when he was 6, and first gained infamy after he beheaded Foley in August 2014.
The Islamic State later produced a series of videos featuring Emwazi beheading Sotloff and a number of other Westerners, while threatening world leaders from behind a black mask — in perfect English and with an unmistakable London accent.
While Emwazi has been a high-value target for Western security agencies, he has successfully evaded coalition airstrikes by constantly changing his location with his security detail, making it incredibly difficult to pinpoint.
Prior to joining the extremist group, Emwazi was considered a model student at the University of Westminster, where he studied information systems and business management from 2006 to 2009. Records indicate that he was two modules short of obtaining his degree.