A Greenwich mosque where the newly-unmasked Isis killer “Jihadi John” is alleged to have attended has denied any links the extremist.
The man who appeared on video beheading kidnapped hostages has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, 27, from Queen’s Park, who is reported to have prayed at Greenwich Islamic Centre, in Plumstead Road.
The director of the mosque Dr Tariq Abbasi said he had “no knowledge of any such visit made by him”.
In a statement he said: “It is our clear understanding that whilst he might have visited the Mosque for prayers, like tens of thousands of people do each month, we have no knowledge of any such visit made by him, and there has never been any link whatsoever between the centre and Mohammad Emwazi.
“We condemn in the strongest terms any form of extremist ideology and would like to remind our communities and press about the efforts and struggle this centre had to go through in the past to get rid of people like Omar Bakri , Anjem Choudhry, Usman Ali and their followers.
“Furthermore, we express our sadness that yet another young member of our society has allegedly ended up radicalised in the hands of extremists, which is totally and utterly against the teachings of Islam.”
The mosque has made a public stand against radicalisation and terrorism, urging stronger Government action against hate preachers to protect mainstream British Muslims.
After the Lee Rigby murder conviction, the mosque released a statement: “It is extremely important to note we need to disassociate us as Muslims from the criminals of our society who say that ‘they kill in the name of religion’. There is nothing in our religion which compels people to commit such terrible crimes.”