'Jihadi John': Mohammed Emwazi's father 'condemned son as dog' and hoped 'he would be killed' after he fled to Syria

Colleague says Emwazi's father was distraught after his son was identified as British Isis militant

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The father of the British man unmasked as Jihadi John reportedly condemned his son as a "dog, an animal and a terrorist" and hoped he would be killed after he fled to Syria.

Mohammed Emwazi’s father blasted his son in a tearful phone call with a colleague to explain his absence from his job in a Kuwait supermarket, The Telegraph reports.

His son had been identified in reports as the notorious hooded militant who appeared in videos showing the brutal beheading of journalists and aid workers.

His colleague Abu Meshaal said it was a “catastrophe” for Emwazi’s family.

“He said he had talked to him a lot trying to persuade him to return to his personal life but that the son didn't listen to him. He said, 'To hell with my son'."

He said Emwazi son had called him to ask for his parent’s blessing to travel to Syria for "jihad" in 2013.

"Mohammed called his father and said 'I'm going to Syria to fight jihad, please release me and forgive me for everything'," Mr Meshaal said. "Jassem said, "f*** you. I hope you die before you arrive in Syria."

Mr Meshaal said his colleague was crippled further when news broke that his son was believed to be Jihadi John.

"He said he cannot come back to work because he felt so shy of other people," Mr Meshaal added. "He is sitting home and cannot even go to the mosque to pray because he is ashamed of his son. He doesn't want people to see him, so he is praying at home."

He described Emwazi's father as a a "respectable and polite" man who commutes 30 miles to get to work in a remote desert region every day.

Mr Meshaal said he had not returned to work since the news broke on Thursday, despite assurances from his employers that he is free to return to his job.