A member of the infamous Islamic State execution squad nicknamed “The Beatles” was arrested at London Luton Airport in England on Thursday.
Aine Davis, 38, landed in the UK after spending more than seven years behind bars in Turkey for being a member of the terror group.
After landing in England, Davis was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Unit. He currently remains in custody for terrorism.
Davis is the fourth alleged member of the Islamic State cell called “The Beatles” – aptly nicknamed because of their British accents.
The four men left the UK to fight in Syria where they tortured and beheaded Western hostages and posted the harrowing videos online. Davis reportedly denied being part of the group.
“The CPS authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Aine Leslie Junior Davis with terrorism offenses in 2014, and after he was deported to England by Turkish authorities, he was arrested at Luton Airport after returning to United Kingdom,” the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement to the Post.
“Mr. Davis, 38, has been charged with terrorism offenses and possession of a firearm for a terrorism-related purpose.
British prosecutors said they initially cleared Davis’ charges under terrorism laws in 2014.
After landing on British soil on Thursday he was arrested on suspicion of breaching the Terrorism Act 2000, meaning he is being held on suspicion of fundraising and possession of items for terrorist purposes, according to London Metropolitan Police.
Squad group ‘The Beatles’ became infamous after videos emerged online showing them ruthlessly beheading hostages, with US authorities estimating they killed 27 people in total.
Among those murdered were journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and aid workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig, between 2012 and 2015. Other victims included two British aid workers and two Japanese journalists.
With post wires
New York Post