ISIS executioner Siddhartha Dhar reportedly killed in 2017 Raqqa seige

Islamic State executioner, Siddhartha Dhar, nicknamed ‘Jihadi Sid’, is believed to have been killed after British counter-terrorism expert Charles Lister tweeted that Dhar or Al-Rumaysah, the name Dhar adopted when he joined the now-banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun and subsequently fled to Syria in 2014, had died.

Another terrorism expert, Amarnath Amarasingam, on the contrary, said that Dhar may have actually been killed in 2017, based on information from a militant named Abu Turab.

“Asked about Abu Rumaysah (Siddhartha Dhar), Turab suggested that Rumaysah was indeed the new Jihadi John as people suspected, and was killed sometime between June and October 2017 in the Raqqa siege,” Amarasingham tweeted. “Turab said he died along with “his wife and kids”.

Dhar, a Kashmiri Pandit, was originally born in London. He converted to Islam later in his teens and joined Al Mohajiroun. He later adopted the name, Abu Rumaysah. He was arrested along with his aide, Anjem Choudhary on terror charges, but skipped bail.

He later fled with his pregnant wife and four children to Paris in 2014, where they travelled by coach to avoid detection, managing to reach Syria. Once in Syria, photos were taken of him cradling his newborn son while holding an assault rifle.

In 2016, a ten-minute video of Dhar leading an execution of five men emerged , in which he accused them of being British spies.

In the video, he was seen threatening then-Prime Minister David Cameron and calling him an ‘imbecile’ before shooting a prisoner in the back of the head.

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