The last two terrorists of ISIS’ kidnapping cell, collectively called ‘The Beatles’ have been captured in Syria. According to reports, the two Islamic State fighters from Britain belong to the group notorious for videotaping beheading.
The two members of the group still in the field, Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both from Britain, were captured in January in eastern Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
“The two are believed to have acted as guards and interpreters involved in ISIS’ illegal captivity of Western hostages, and are thought to have links to the British terrorist often called ‘Jihadi John’,” the official said in a statement.
Among the other two members of the “Beatles” group, Mohammed Emwazi — “Jihadi John” — was killed in 2015 in a drone strike by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.
The fourth member of the gang, Aine Davis, is being held in Turkey.
Emwazi was the group’s leader, gaining notoriety for using a knife to kill hostages in a string of beheadings that were videotaped and posted on the internet, generating outrage against the Islamic State group but also inspiring similar acts by the extremists.
His victims included US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning.
The group overall handled more than 20 foreign hostages over 2014-2015, earning reported millions of dollars in ransom payments. Hostages who survived reported being beaten, shocked by Tasers, and undergoing waterboardings at the hands of the group.
It was the hostages who gave them their nickname “The Beatles,” after the fabled rock group, for their British accents.