A jihadi linked to the Manchester attacker has been identified as a key member of a group of British Isis fighters that included Jihadi John.
Footage has emerged showing Raymond Matimba among four of the UK’s most notorious extremists chatting in a coffee shop in Syria.
A video obtained by the Telegraph shows Matimba, Mohammed Emwazi, Reyaad Khan and Junaid Hussain in Raqqa in 2014.
A source told the newspaper that Matimba, who was previously thought to be a peripheral figure among British Isis fighters, had been put in charge of sniper training and called for terror attacks.
Matimba is believed to have been an associate of Salman Abedi, and been in contact with him in the run-up to the attack in May. Junaid Hussain was among the British Isis fighters targeted in drone strikes The Zimbabwe-born extremist fled Manchester for Syria in 2014 and adopted the nom de guerre Abu Qaqa al-Britani al-Afro.
The 21-year-old went on to marry Sally Jones, a British jihadi known as the White Widow.
Khan, a 21-year-old from Cardiff, appeared in propaganda videos and was part of a cell attempting to organise terror attacks in the West, including plots in Britain.
Isis registration documents show that Matimba was among the local jihadis sponsored to join the group by prolific recruiter Raphael Hostey, who died in an air strike in Syria in 2016.
Abedi, the Manchester bomber, was known to security services because of his association with Hostey long before he massacred 22 people at Manchester Arena in May. The extremist also had links to local gangs and was known for drinking and taking drugs before appearing increasingly religious and making radical statements.
Hostey is believed to have introduced Matimba and Abedi, who grew up on the same housing estates in south Manchester and reportedly worshipped at the same mosque.