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Mosque attended by British terror cell condemns extremism

A west London mosque attended by Mohammed Emwazi, dubbed Jihadi John, and two members of his British terror cell has condemned their actions.

Islamic State militants Aine Davis and Alexe Kotey, named exclusively by ITV News, attended London’s Al-Manaar mosque with Emwazi, where they were marginalised for extremist views.

In a statement, the director of the mosque Saleha Islam stressed that he was "fully committed to ensuring that our children are not groomed and radicalized".

We are aware that certain people have joined ISIS who live in the area of Ladbroke Grove, we have always condemned the actions of these extremists and will continue to do so.

Al Manaar is a centre where we have up to 3000 people attending every week, it is not a membership club and anyone can come and pray. The suggestion that the mosque has radicalized young men shows how ignorant people are of Islam and how mosques work.

We regularly hold workshops and conferences to guide our youth and community and are committed to ensuring that they have access to the real teaching of Islam.

– Saleha Islam, Director AL Manaar Mosque

Community worker: Kotey 'most vocal' in expressing his views

Alexe Kotey has been unmasked as a member of a British terror cell. Credit: ITV News

As ITV News reveals the identity of two British associates of ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John', a community worker has said one of the men Alexe Kotey, was part of a group that used to hold classes at a mosque.

Speaking anonymously, they described Kotey as "certainly the most vocal".

"He would definitely be standing there with, I’d say, a dozen boys all listening to him. He was the speaker. He was the spokesman in that little group", they said.


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Beth Tweddle seriously injured in reality show ski accident

Beth Tweddle was seriously injured in training Credit: Channel 4

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle has been airlifted to hospital, after suffering a serious injury on Channel 4's reality show, The Jump.

The 30-year-old, from Cheshire, perfectly executed a ski jump during training, but crashed into a barrier on landing.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman confirmed that Tweddle had been taken to hospital with a back injury, but declined to comment on reports she would need surgery.

She said: "The health and safety of the competitors is always paramount and Beth was immediately taken to hospital for treatment after hurting herself during training."

The bronze medal winner is the third star to be injured in the winter sports competition, following the exits of fellow Olympian Rebecca Adlington and Holby City actress Tina Hobley.


Six-month-old baby found under rubble in Taiwan

A rescue worker carries the baby girl after she is found under rubble. Credit: Reuters

Rescue teams have found a baby under the rubble of an apartment building which collapsed following an earthquake in southern Taiwan as efforts continue to find more than 100 people still missing.

The six-month-old girl was rescued after 30 hours under debris and was rushed to hospital.

At least 23 people are known to have died in the 6.4 magnitude quake which struck on Saturday morning, including 16 found at the Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building in the southern city of Tainan.

UAE 'ready to send ground troops to fight Islamic State'

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it is ready to send ground troops to Syria as part of an international coalition to fight against the so-called Islamic State group.

UAE Foreign Affairs minister says the country would send ground troops to fight the so-called Islamic State group. Credit: Reuters

Foreign Affairs minister Anwar Gargash told reporters: "Our position throughout has been that a real campaign against Daesh has to include a ground force."

"We are not talking about thousands of troops," he added but said US leadership would be a prerequisite for the UAE.

Last week Saudi Arabia said it was ready to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition decided to take such action.

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