- 32-year-old Kotey based in London has been named as part of "the Beatles" who were part of militants that were involved in the beheading of some Westerners recently
- Kotey, Emwazi and Davis have been friends in West London and attended the same mosque
- Washington Post, Buzzfeed and ITV all reported of the Ghanaian being part of the terror cell
- His family said they were "deeply distressed'
The Guardian says Alexander Kotey, a 32-year-old Ghanaian based in London has been named as part of the British group nicknamed “the Beatles” which included Mohammed Emwazi.
Kotey who is described as having Ghanaian and Greek-Cypriot background is said to be a member of the Islamic State cell that oversaw the detention and beheading of western hostages in Syria.
Emwazi’s kidnap group oversaw the beheadings of their victims, including the British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines, and the US journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley which was videoed.
Kotey converted to Islam whilst growing up in west London, and has been a friend to fellow West Londoner Emwazi who was killed in a drone strike in November.
Their cell included another west Londoner, Aine Davis, 31, a former drug dealer who went to Syria in 2013. The three, Emwazi, Kotey and Davis were friends in west London and attended the same mosque.
Davis was detained in Turkey last November on suspicion of planning attacks in Istanbul which was schemed around same style to those in Paris that targeted the Bataclan theatre, the Stade de France and cafes and restaurants.
Numerous networks, including the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and ITV identified Kotey earlier on Sunday, and named Davis as part of the terror cell but cited a US intelligence official as the source.
Members of Kotey’s family stated they were “deeply distressed” at the claims and confirmed they had not seen him “for a number of years”.
His mother, who is said to be counselor, raised him and his other brother as Greek Orthodox Christians. Neighbours in his former west London community described Kotey also known as Alexe as a quiet man who supported Queens Park Rangers football club.