Hudaifa Elgerbouzi (pictured), from West London, has been unmasked as the fifth member of the ISIS ‘Beatles’
A fifth member of the British Islamic State execution gang known as ‘The Beatles’ was unmasked last night.
Fellow fighters in the jihadi stronghold knew him only as ‘Red Beard’, it was reported, after he masked his face, but kept his gingery whiskers on show, and deleted any online trace of his previous life back in Britain.
But he was a senior ISIS figure, sources said, directly involved in the kidnapping of Western hostages and believed to be a member of the all-British team responsible for high-profile executions.
Elgerbouzi was friends with known ‘Beatle’ Alexanda Kotey in west London, it was claimed, and the pair travelled to Syria together to join the self-proclaimed caliphate.
Kotey is currently languishing in a Syrian jail alongside another member of group, El Shafee Elsheikh, who also grew up in London. Both have had their British citizenship revoked by the government.
They, along with Mohammed Emwazi, aka ‘Jihadi John’, were given the moniker ‘The Beatles’ by their captives because of their British accents.
There has been speculation that, as prisoners never saw the men’s faces, there could well have been more than four members of the unit which beheaded Westerners on camera and sent threatening messages to the world.
Officials believe Arsenal-supporting Elgerbouzi was killed during fighting in Syria last year while Emwazi died in a drone strike.
Alexanda Kotey (left) and Shafee Elsheikh (right), two of the members of the ISIS ‘Beatles’. Kotey was reportedly friends with Elgerbouzi
Mohammed Emwazi (left), also known as Jihadi John, and Aine Davis (right), who was jailed in 2017 in Turkey for belonging to the terror group
‘He was a psychopath trying to fulfil his violent and criminal fantasies with God’s stamp of approval,’ a friend in Syria told ITV News as he spoke of Elgerbouzi’s ‘unquestioning commitment’ to the IS cause.
‘He was willing to justify anything sadistic or anything wrong that IS had done without feeling in any way funny about it.
‘These guys were essentially like an intelligence branch. If we were to talk business, Kotey would be the Chief Executive while Red Beard would be described as Chief Operations Officer.
‘He was in charge of a lot of the logistics. He would get them things and move them around.
‘He would disappear for periods of time saying he was going to do work, without specifying what he was doing. He was very trusted by these guys and they seemed to hold him in quite high regard.
‘The killing of western hostages, I don’t know about, but the kidnapping and the captivity of these men, I am fairly sure he was (involved).’