A man allegedly the fourth member of the Islamic State’s so-called “Beatles” terror cell has been arrested in the UK.
Aine Davis, 38, of Hammersmith, west London, was arrested Wednesday evening after arriving at Luton airport on a flight from Turkey.
He was detained in connection with offenses under Sections 15, 17 and 57 of the Terrorism Act, 2000.
Agents of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command took him to a police station in South London.
The “Beatles” are said to have been responsible for the kidnapping and detention of more than 20 Westerners, and the executions of at least seven of them, including Britons David Haines and Alan Henning and American aid workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.
The group caused outrage worldwide after it released videos of the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
Survivors of the kidnapping gang shared how they called their jailers “the Beatles” because of their British accents, calling the cell leader and executioner – Mohammed Emwazi of Queen’s Park, west London – “John”.
He was later nicknamed Jihadi John.
El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexandra Koteyalso from west London, were “Ringo” and “George”, but the men always wore masks and none of the hostages at Elsheikh’s trial in the US earlier this year could identify them.
A fourth member, who was said to be less involved, was apparently known as “Paul.”
Emwazi was killed at age 27 in US drone strike on Nov 12, 2015.
That same day, Davis was arrested by Turkish counter-terrorism police in a raid on a villa in Silivri, a western suburb of Istanbul.
He was subsequently convicted of membership in ISIS and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
He was released from Sincan prison in Ankara after serving his sentence and sent back to Britain.
Kotey was jailed in the US in April for his part in the torture and murder of hostages, while Elsheikh will be sentenced in August for his role.
The former British subject risks a life sentence.