The father of a boy called Jihadi JoJo, who was taken to Syria by his British mother, was shocked after seeing a video of his son executing a captured prisoner.
According to the father, he has not seen his son for the last three years. The worried man stated that the boy was “brainwashed” by his mother, Sally Jones. He also said that Sally took the boy to Syria to join the Islamic State.
The Daily Mail reported that Jihadi JoJo’s mother was a 47-year-old woman from Chatham, Kent. She was declared one of the world’s most wanted terrorists by the UN who fled to Syria with her youngest son JoJo, then aged 10, in 2013.
The father said that he now believes the boy in the horrific propaganda video might be his son, among four others seen murdering a group of captured Kurdish fighters.
“He was brilliant, just a normal boy – always chasing bugs, going down the park. I have had to block it out. It’s been hard, we just have to carry on. It’s disgusting he’s been brainwashed,” the man said.
For security purposes, he wants to remain anonymous.
A family friend also talked about the boy. The friend said the boy must be saved and brought home. The unnamed friend, who saw JoJo when he was born, said the young one had a distinctive ginger hair.
“I’m certain that’s him in the video,” the friend said, as quoted by The Sun. “It’s such a shame. He must be rescued and brought home.”
According to The Sun, the boy was given the name Abu Abdullah al-Britani, in which
“Al-Britani” means “from Britain.” The phrase is often used in cases of British ISIS fighters.
The publication also reported that Sally Jones was a converted Muslim.