Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 25th 2015 Contents A30
"Jihadi John," the menacing British national who
appeared in Islamic State propaganda clips taunting the
West just before beheading bound hostages, is back.
The British newspaper Daily Mail obtained a video clip
on Sunday showing the man who has been identified as
27-year-old Mohammed Emwazi, a resident of London,
threatening to return to the United Kingdom and commit
more atrocities in the name of radical Islam.
The clip is the first time Emwazi has been seen publicly since
January, when he was filmed brutally beheading Japanese
hostage Kenji Goto. It is significant in that it is also the only
known video in which Emwazi s face is seen exposed.
The Daily Mail reported that it had obtained the clip
from Free Syrian Army fighters who gave it to their sup-
porters in Europe.
"I will carry on cutting heads," Emwazi reportedly
said in the clip. "I am Mohammed Emwazi. I will
soon go back to Britain with the khalifa (the leader
According to a report which appeared in last
month s The Mirror, Emwazi fled ISIS after he
was identified as the murderer of American and
Emwazi is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner who emi-
grated to Britain in 1988 at the age of six. He has
murdered multiple foreign journalists, including
two Americans, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.
A former ISIS translator told Sky News in
March that Emwazi was then seen as the
Islamic State group s chief executioner
and was both feared and respected in
But now, according to the Mirror,
Emwazi is believed to fear that his
unmasking identification by the foreign media
has "diminished his value as an ISIS killer
and that jealous fellow jihadists might plot
vows to 'return
NEW DELHI---At least eight people were
killed in Nepal yesterday in a violent
protest by groups unhappy with how the
government plans to divide the country
At least seven policemen and a two-
year-old child died after hundreds of people
from the Tharu community started
protesting yesterday afternoon demanding
the new state borders be drawn in a way
to allow them to control their own state.
Protesters using axes, spears and sticks
surrounded police and attacked them in
a town called Tikapur in far western Nepal,
said Rajkumar Shrestha, chief district offi-
"Seven policemen and a child have been
confirmed dead," Shrestha said. About 40
other people were injured, he said.
Protests flared up after a final draft of
the country s constitution---which included
plans to split the country into states---was
presented in the Constituent Assembly on
While Nepal s leading political parties
had agreed to divide the country into states
based on ethnicity and economic ties,
many of the smaller parties representing
smaller communities weren t happy with
the planned number of states and borders.
Some of the smaller groups are worried
that the country was being carved up in
a way that would marginalise them.
Indigenous groups like the Tharus say
the planned demarcation would perpetuate
hegemony of upper caste groups.
Nepal has been struggling to codify a
new system of governance since the end
of its monarchy in 2008. The largest polit-
ical parties have said they hope to finish
a new constitution within the next few
leaves 8 dead
ISLAMABAD---A Chinese tourist held
hostage for more than a year by the Tal-
iban in Pakistan has been freed by the
country s security forces and intelligence
agencies, authorities said.
China s state-run Xinhua News Agency
identified the hostage as Hong Xudong,
who was abducted in May 2014 near the
northwestern Pakistani city of Dera Ismail
Hong, who is from central China s Hubei
province, had entered the country from
India and had been travelling around Pak-
istan by bicycle.
The kidnapping was claimed by a splin-
ter group of the Pakistani Taliban. A video
released in May showed a man identified
as Hong asking the Chinese government
to honor his kidnappers unspecified ran-
The Pakistani Taliban have killed tens
of thousands of people in Pakistan over
the last decade. (AP)
UNITED NATIONS---The Islamic State
extremist group has claimed respon-
sibility for executing at least 30 people
for sodomy, the head of an interna-
tional gay rights organisation said yes-
terday at the first-ever UN Security
Council meeting spotlighting violence
and discrimination against lesbians,
gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Jessica Stern, executive director of the
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights
Commission, told the council that courts
established by the Islamic State group in Iraq
and Syria claim to have punished sodomy with
stoning, firing squads and beheadings and by
pushing men from tall buildings.
Fear of the extremist group, which controls about
a third of Syria and Iraq, has fueled violence by
others against LGBT individuals, she said.
Subhi Nahas, a gay refugee from the Syrian city
of Idlib, told the council that President Bashar Assad s
government "launched a campaign accusing all dis-
sidents of being homosexuals" when that country s
uprising started in 2011.
Soon afterward, gay hangouts were raided and
many people were arrested and tortured. "Some were
never heard from again," he said. (AP)
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