Former student at University of Westminster identified as 'Jihadi John'

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A former student at University of Westminster has been identified as 'Jihadi John', the masked terrorist who beheads hostages held by Islamic State.

The Washington Post newspaper claimed his real name was Mohammed Emwazi, a computer programmer from west London.

The paper said he was raised in a middle-class neighbourhood and prayed at a mosque in Greenwich.

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Scotland Yard refused to confirm the reports.