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Second Frenchman in ISIS video identified

A second Frenchman was identified on Wednesday after appearing unmasked in a grisly execution video among the ISIS jihadists, many of whom are believed to be Western fighters.

world Updated: Nov 20, 2014 01:43 IST
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A second Frenchman was identified on Wednesday after appearing unmasked in a grisly execution video among the ISIS jihadists, many of whom are believed to be Western fighters.

Several European countries are probing the possible involvement of their nationals in the execution of 18 Syrian prisoners and kidnapped US aid worker Peter Kassig. The video sparked global horror after its release on Sunday by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant that has carried out widespread atrocities since seizing control of large parts of Iraq and Syria.

One foreigner, 22-year-old Maxime Hauchard from Normandy in northern France, was quickly identified by French prosecutors.

He is one of several young French nationals from a middle class, atheist or Catholic background to have converted to radical Islam and gone to fight in Syria, making a profile of potential jihadists nearly impossible to pin down, experts say.

A source close to the French investigation identified a second national as a 22-year-old from an eastern Paris suburb who goes by the name of Abu Othman.

He is believed to have left for Syria in the autumn of 2013, and became known to investigators shortly afterwards during a probe into a network channelling jihadists into Syria.

The source said Othman had a very worrying profile, due to shocking images posted by him on social networks.