The masked murderer in the latest ISIS propaganda video is believed to be a British man who fled London in 2014 after skipping bail, NBC News reported.
Two U.S. officials said that the British-born Siddhartha Dhar, a father of four, is suspected of being the man in the video — the new ‘Jihadi John.’ The video purports to show him killing five people accused of being spies.
In 2014, Dhar fled Britain while out on bail after being arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism. He was ordered to turn in his passport, but instead took a bus to Paris. It is believed that he then traveled to Syria.
British Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham called the case a “serious lapse in security.”
The original “Jihadi John,” was Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwait-born British citizen. He and three colleagues were nicknamed after the Beatles by ISIS hostages due to their British accents.
Emwazi wielded the knife in the beheadings of Americans Steven Sotloff and James Foley. U.S. officials said they were “reasonably certain” Emwazi was killed in an airstrike.