Anouar Haddouchi, 35, dubbed ‘the executioner of Raqqa’, a former resident of Birmingham who beheaded more than 100 people in ISIS’s former Syrian capital of Raqqa has been captured.
Haddouchi who was originally from Belgium but moved to the Midlands in 2009, managed to claim thousands of pounds in housing benefit while fighting for ISIS in Syria. He beheaded more than 100 people in the Islamic State’s former Syrian capital, Het Laatste Nieuws reported.
The terrorist is reportedly now being held in a prison run by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a force comprising a mix of Kurdish and Arab fighters.
Troops arrested the fighter and his 32-year-old wife Julie Maes after the battle for the last ISIS stronghold of Baghouz.
According to BBC News Haddouchi and his wife went to Syria in 2014 to join ISIS, however the authorities failed to realise he had left and kept paying housing benefit into his account.
The couple received nearly £10,000 in taxpayers’ cash – all of which is thought to have ended up in IS hands. Anouar Haddouchi was unable to take out the money in Raqqa, due to the lack of international banks. However, £3,000 was withdrawn from his account by associates in July 2015 and handed to Mohamed Abrini – the mastermind behind the November 2015 Paris attacks and 2016 Brussels bombings.
De Morgen reported that ‘the executioner of Raqqa’ also received money from his wife’s father, who put money into her account every month until October 2015.
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