‘Jihadi John’ tried to travel to South Africa

Isis executioner 'Jihadi John' attempted to flee to Johannesburg in 2009, but was arrested at the airport.

A screengrab of the gruesome video of James Foley ahead of his beheading by Isis militants in Syria. Picture: CNN.

PRETORIA - More details have emerged about Isis executioner ' Jihadi John', who apparently attempted to travel to South Africa in 2009, but was arrested at the airport.

Last week, Londoner Mohammed Emwazi was identified as the masked killer, who has been responsible for the beheadings of several Isis prisoners.

Spy Cables released by Al Jazeera reveal that local spies identified several Al-Qaeda linked operatives using the country as a transit point.

New evidence about Emwazi on Monday revealed that he tried to fly from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg in 2009 but was arrested when he tried to force his way past security without a passport.

It was the same year Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as the white widow, arrived in South Africa, allegedly with Al-Qaeda accomplices.

The Spy Cable leaks show that Lewthwaite remained undetected for two years. She was employed and supported in Johannesburg, before leaving for Kenya in 2011, entering the country via Tanzania.

Tanzania is cited in the classified documents as a destination and source of travel for suspected Al-Qaeda militants identified as operatives within South Africa.

The State Security Agency has launched an investigation into the source of the leaked documents.