Peter Kassig video: Police investigate reports British student Nasser Muthana was involved in Syrian soldier mass execution

Muthana’s father has denied his son was among 16 jihadists in beheading video

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Police are investigating reports an aspiring medical student from Cardiff is among Britons who appeared in an Isis video showing the mass execution of 17 Syrian servicemen and an American hostage.

Nasser Muthana was thought to be one of the Islamic State militants who seen in a 16-minute video showing the brutal execution of US aid worker Peter Kassig.

His father Ahmed Muthana said his son should be killed if it is proven he did take part in the executions, telling The Evening Standard: “A head for a head.” However, Mr Muthana later expressed doubt it was his son in the video, telling the BBC: "It doesn't look like him, much difference. This one's got a big nose, my one has a flat nose."

He added: "I don't believe it's him. I haven't seen the video. I have just seen pictures. I took a closer look and it doesn't look like him."

Muthana and his 17-year-old brother Aseel left Britain and travelled to Syria last year to fight for Isis (also known as Islamic State).

He previously appeared in the 13-minute ‘There is No Life Without Jihad’ propaganda video explaining his motivation for going to fight with the militant group.

The man who was claimed to be Muthana is seen next to ‘Jihadi John’, the suspected British militant, who has appeared in five videos showing the beheadings of US and UK aid workers.

Muthana’s father was not sure if he believed it was his son in the video after being shown a still from the footage but said the image “resembled” Muthana.

He described struggling to imagine his son involved in such atrocities, adding: “He must be mentally ill — either that or there is something else not right”.

Mr Muthana said the impact on his family had been "very difficult". He said: "It's like somebody takes a part of you. How do you feel if somebody takes your hands. These kids are doing bad things”.

Richard Lewis, the Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales, said reports regarding “the involvement of Cardiff individuals in a mass execution in Syria” were being investigated and details have been passed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He said: “Our thoughts are with the victims of these abhorrent acts and those committing such acts can expect to face the full extent of international law.

"Cardiff has a strong and peaceful Islamic community which has long distanced itself from the extremist views reported.”