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Inquiry to look at school over radicalisation questions

A government review will look into the connection between three young men who went on to become jihadist fighters after attending a London school.

Former pupil at Quintin Kynaston academy, Mohammed Emwazi, has been revealed to be the man behind the mask of a violent extremist known as Jihadi John, who appeared in a number of propaganda videos in which he murdered Western hostages.

Quintin Kynaston academy in London Credit: Google Maps

Meanwhile, two other alumni of the school - Choukri Ellekhlifi and Mohammed Sakr - both died in combat in 2013 after joining militant Islamist groups Al Qaeda and al-Shabaab, raising fears the boys may all have been radicalised as teenagers.

Former head at the school, Jo Suter, denied that teachers knew anything about the boys being radicalised, while a Department for Education spokesman said the ability of authorities to monitor possible radicalisation in schools had "advanced hugely" in recent years.

The DfE... [is] working tirelessly to develop our understanding of the problem and to see if and where we can offer help to schools with pupils or former pupils who have since travelled to Syria or other areas of concern.

The Secretary of State has asked them to review those schools where we have evidence of links with pupils who have travelled to Syria. The allegations about Quintin Kynaston may be historic and it is clearly a completely different school today, but I'm sure we will look back at the evidence from the time as part of this review to see if there are any lessons we can learn for the future.

– DfE spokesman


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Islamic State leaders 'playing Jihadi John like a piano'

A former Islamic State fighter who met now-notorious British jihadist Mohammed Emwazi in Syria has revealed the violent extremist was "strange" - and said IS leaders were "playing him like a piano".

A defector from the militant group, Abu Ayman told the BBC that Emwazi would actively ignore his fellow Brits who had also travelled to join the fight.

He was cold. He didn't talk much. He wouldn't join us in prayer. He'd only pray with his friends ... the other British brothers prayed with us, but he was strange.

The other British brothers would say 'Hi' when they saw us on the road, but he turned his face away. The British fighters were always hanging out together, but he wouldn't join them.

Some love him. Some joined Isis after watching and admiring him; they take him as an example.

ISIS play him like a piano. He's a celebrity to attract our Muslim brothers in Europe but some think he is showing off; they think he's being used by ISIS.

– Abu Ayman, former Islamic State fighter

Motorcyclist knocks down pedestrian and shouts at him while unconscious

Police are hunting for a callous motorcyclist who got off his bike after knocking down a pedestrian and shouted at him while unconscious.

The 53-year-old victim was hit by a bike while crossing a road, knocked out and was lying prostrate when the unknown motorcyclist stopped.

Credit: PA

Witnesses reported to police that the rider got off his bike and yelled at the unconscious pedestrian - before riding off. The shocking incident happened in the early hours of Saturday morning near Cheam in Surrey. The pedestrian was taken to a south London hospital, but he is not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

It would have been obvious to the rider of the motorcycle that the pedestrian he had collided with was seriously injured. To act in the way he did, shouting at the unconscious man and riding off from the scene without attempting to seek medical help, was a truly heartless act.

– Inspector Phil Parrett, Sutton Police


Secondary school places to be allocated today

Pupils sitting exams at a secondary school Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Thousands of future secondary school pupils across London today will find out whether they have been allocated a place at the state school of their choice.

Many Local Education Authorities will begin sending out letters to parents today in what's become known as 'National Offer Day'.

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