Islamic State terrorist “Jihadi John” once kidnapped two boys at gunpoint in retaliation for a gang attack on his brother, a former friend claims.
The friend – who was not identified – told the London Evening Standard that he was Mohammed Emwazi’s brother, Omar, when they were attacked in 2008 after trying to buy a stolen bike.
“I ended up going to Mohammed’s house to buy a bike off Omar. He sold stolen bikes to people at school and you would get a big discount,” the friend said.
The friend said the home was located in the Mozart estate in the Queen’s Park area of London and he was spotted by two people who knew he lived in the rival Lisson Green estate, the London Evening Standard reports.
“I was planning an ‘in and out job,’ but two guys saw me. There was a big fight. They threw a brick at my head and broke my arm; Omar was punched in the face a few times and beaten up,” the friend said.
Mohammed Emwazi, who at the time was attending the University of Westminster, reportedly intervened shortly afterward.
“The next day Mohammed turned up with two religious guys with beards. They drove round in a car and found these two guys who attacked us, threatened them with a gun, made them take all their clothes off and drove off,” the friend said. “They dumped them on the M1 motorway. They weren’t attacked physically, but they were threatened. It was a message.”