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A man holds up a sign in memory of U.S. journalist James Foley during a protest against the Assad regime in Syria in Times Square in New York August 22, 2014. (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)

British intelligence forces, MI5 and MI6, say they have identified the Islamic State fighter from the UK suspected of killing US journalist James Foley, according to top government sources, The Sunday Times reported.

The masked man, nicknamed “Jihadi John” spoke with a London accent when he appeared in chilling footage showing him murdering Foley, and then threatening a second captive, American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The Islamic State militant group released the footage last Tuesday. Foley, a US freelance journalist, was captured by militants in Syria in 2012, while Sotloff was kidnapped there in 2013.

Key suspect in the case is currently 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, according to The Sunday Times. Bary reportedly left his family’s home in West London last year and has recently posted a photo of himself holding a severed head.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond commented in The Sunday Times, writing “it is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.”

Read more at RT News

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