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British IS 'Beetle' arrested on return to UK, media say

A British man accused of being part of an Islamic State (IS) kidnapping-murder ring known as the 'Beatles' was arrested on his return to the UK on Wednesday, media reports said. I told you.

Aine Davis, 38, was arrested after her flight from Turkey landed at Luton Airport. According to BBC News and other British news outlets, he was serving time on terrorism charges.

He held dozens of foreigners hostage in Syria from 2012 to 2015. were known as "The Beatles" due to their British accent.

The London Metropolitan Police, which leads the UK's counter-terrorism investigation, said in a statement that police had arrested a man at Luton Airport.

However, London police, which do not name suspects until they have been charged with a crime, did not release the names of those in custody. was arrested this evening after arriving in the UK on a flight from Turkey," the statement said.

According to the London Metropolitan Police, the man was arrested under several different provisions of UK anti-terrorism legislation and taken to a South London police station where he "is still in police custody." It says.

The Home Office said in a statement that a Briton had been deported to the UK from Turkey.

Four members of the "Beatles" are accused of kidnapping at least 27 journalists and aid workers from the United States, Britain, Europe, New Zealand, Russia and Japan. ing.

They were all implicated in the murders of American journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff, and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.

This The quartet allegedly tortured, decapitated, and otherwise killed four American victims, and IS released a video of the killings for propaganda purposes.

A 38-year-old former British citizen who was extradited from the UK to the US in 2020 and charged there, he pleaded guilty to involvement in the death last September and was sentenced to life in prison. April.

El Shafi El Sheikh, 34, is another former British citizen extradited to the United States at the same time and was convicted on all charges in April and is expected to be sentenced next week.

Mohammed Emwazi, the fourth 'Beatle', was killed by US drones in Syria in 2015.

Elsheikh and Koti were captured and extradited by Kurdish militias in Syria in January 2018. US troops in Iraq before being deployed to the UK.

They eventually flew him to Virginia in 2020, where he was charged with taking hostages, conspiring to kill a U.S. citizen, and supporting a foreign terrorist organization. I was.

Davis reportedly served a seven-and-a-half-year sentence in Turkey for being part of a terrorist group.

In 2014, his wife Amal El-Wahabi was found guilty of funding IS jihadists after attempting to transfer his €20,000, then worth $25,000, to him in Syria. He became the first person in the UK to be sentenced.

She spent her 28 months in prison after a trial in which Davis was described as a drug dealer before going to Syria to fight her IS.