A man alleged to be the fourth member of the so-called “Beatles” Islamic State terror cell has been arrested in the UK.
Aine Davis, 38, from Hammersmith, west London, was arrested on Wednesday evening after arriving at Luton airport on a flight from Turkey.
He was arrested in relation to offences under sections 15, 17 and 57 of the Terrorism Act, 2000.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counterterrorism Command took him to a police station in south London.
The “Beatles” are thought to have been responsible for the kidnap and holding of more than 20 Westerners, and the execution of at least seven of them, including Britons David Haines and Alan Henning.
Survivors of the kidnap gang told of how they nicknamed their gaolers “the Beatles” because of their British accents, dubbing the executioner – Mohammed Emwazi from Queen’s Park, West London – as “John.”
Elshafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, also 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, were able to identify them.
Davis, who was said to be less involved, was apparently known as “Paul.”
Emwazi was killed at the age of 27 in a US drone attack on 12 November 2015.
The same day, Davis was arrested by Turkish counter-terrorism police in a raid on a villa in Silivri, a western suburb of Istanbul.