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British hostage-keeper reveals extent of his horrific role within Islamic State
Alexanda Kotey has admitted to ‘extracting’ information from western hostages, including British aid worker Alan Henning who was beheaded by ‘Jihadi John’ in 2013
British hostage-keeper Alexanda Kotey reveals to ITV News his role in so-called Islamic State (Image: ITV)
A British ISIS hostage-keeper has admitted that he plotted to kill soldiers and police in terror attacks on UK soil.
Alexanda Kotey, who has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria since 2018, has publicly spoken about his role within Islamic State in an interview with ITV News.
He revealed how he planned drive-by shootings on Shepherd’s Bush police station and the Parachute Regiment Territorial Army Barracks in west London from his base in ISIS-held Syrian territory.
The plot was foiled in 2016 and two British jihadists – Tarik Hassane and Suhaib Majeed – were handed life sentences.
But for the first time, Kotey has confessed to helping organise the plot and direct funds to help finance terrorism around the world.
Kotey has admitted to extracting information from ISIS hostage
The Londoner also spoke about his chilling role in “extracting” information from hostages Alan Henning, from Manchester, and American James Foley while in Syria.
The 35-year-old demanded email addresses from his captives so he could “open up communication” with their terrified friends and family and demand money.
“They were more in number [the prisoners] they had gathered them in one place, different nationalities, varying nationalities, this point it was instructed to extract email addresses from them to open up communication,” he said.
“This was mostly before, in the time of Idlib – the time of Aleppo there wasn’t really that kind of interaction between myself and the prisoners.
“It was ‘go and take the necessary information and leave’,” he said.
El Shafee el-Sheikh (L) and Alexanda Kotey were arrested together (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
Kotey, one of the so-called ISIS ‘Beatles’, denies any involvement in the beheadings of captives carried out by Mohammed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John’.
Alongside El Shafee Elsheikh, Mohammed Emwazi and Aine Davis, the group were given the Beatles nickname due to their British accents which could be clearly heard in ISIS propaganda videos.
“I don’t see in my case it makes a very big difference if I was actually there or not there,” he said, adding: “I have a lot of accusations against me, they are quite heavy accusations so it wouldn’t change much if I said I was there or I wasn’t.”
It is thought that Kotey travelled to Syria with Emwazi and joined the terror group as regular fighters in 2012.
However, they soon came into contact with prisoners when they were relocated to the Aleppo countryside which had a higher concentration of Westerners.
“When that order came for Mohammed to move to the Aleppo countryside he requested that we accompany him,” he said.
Emwazi was tracked down and killed in a US drone strike on Raqqa, Syria, in November 2015.
Kotey also spoke about his efforts to direct terrorism from Syria and raising donations from Islamist sympathisers.
He said: “When people would raise donations in Britain I would co-ordinate with them to send money to us. I used my phone to communicate.
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