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Jihadist 'manhunt' on front pages

One story dominates Thursday's front pages: the hunt for a jihadist, believed to be British, filmed beheading American journalist James Foley in Syria. The i's front page features a file picture of the victim, 40, who had been missing since being seized in 2012. WARNING: Front pages feature disturbing images.

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Image caption The Guardian says the man is believed to be the leader of a British group of Islamic State (IS) extremists to hold foreign hostages. It reports that he is said to have been a main rebel negotiator during talks over the release of 11 IS hostages who were eventually handed to Turkish officials.
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Image caption The Daily Mail uses a close-up shot of a still image from the video, showing the jihadist wearing a black balaclava. Its headline urges: "Find the British butcher behind the mask." The paper says security services are close to establishing the killer's identity.
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Image caption He's described as the "world's most wanted man" in the Daily Express. The paper says operatives from Scotland Yard, MI5 and MI6 are "trawling intelligence files for information" about the man. His victim, Mr Foley, had reported extensively across the Middle East.
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Image caption "Mainstream" British Muslims are aiding intelligence services in their search, according to the Metro. It quotes Ramadhan Foundation chief executive Mohammed Shafiq pledging to support the agencies in their work "to defeat terrorism and protect our country". WARNING: disturbing images follow.
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Image caption According to the Daily Star, the SAS are involved in the efforts to track down the killer. Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned the murder and said the government would "redouble" efforts to stop Britons travelling to fight with Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
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Image caption Some papers are speculating as to the identity of the killer, with the Daily Mirror quoting a former captive saying he is called John. Under the headline "John the executioner", the paper says experts have suggested the jihadist has an east London accent.
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Image caption Mr Foley's parents are pictured on the front of the Times, which quotes his father saying he is "haunted" by the way his son was killed. The paper also quotes US President Barack Obama saying that "no just God" would stand for an act of violence like the one filmed by the men.
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Image caption Meanwhile, the Sun suggests he is the leader of a gang of three Britons nicknamed "The Beatles" because of their English accents. It claims that language experts are examining his accent, described as sounding like that of TV character Ali G.
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Image caption A second hostage shown in the video, reporter Steven Joel Sotloff, is pictured on the front of the Daily Telegraph. The paper quotes the masked fundamentalist warning President Obama that the captive's fate depends on his next move.
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Image caption "Where do we go from here?" asks the Independent, which uses a map across its front page to show the large parts of Iraq and Syria where IS has a presence. It says that while the "Western world [is] united in outrage but bereft of ideas", the UK can no longer ignore the problem.
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Image caption David Cameron, who cut short a break in Cornwall, is pictured on the Financial Times front page returning to Downing Street to make a statement. The paper's lead story focuses on a split between members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee over whether to increase interest rates.