British ‘jihadi rapper’ once suspected of being ISIS ‘Beatle’ Jihadi John ‘is arrested in Spain by anti-terror police’
- Police in Spain said they had arrested one of Europe’s most wanted terrorists
- Spanish newspaper Ideal said it was British-Egyptian Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary
- Abdel Bary was once thought to be Jihadi John, actually Mohammed Emwazi
A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain, Spanish media claimed today.
Spanish newspaper Ideal reported that Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was the ‘foreign terrorist fighter’ detained by Spanish anti-terror police in a raid in Almeria.
Authorities did not name him but described him as ‘one of Europe’s most wanted terrorist fighters’ and said he was an Egyptian national.
Abdel Bary, a British-Egyptian former rapper from Maida Vale in London, is the son of Adel Abdel Bari who confessed to murdering more than 200 people in a series of Islamist bombings in Africa.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 25, one of the first British jihadists to join Islamic State was being hunted by the security services last night after fleeing Syria
A British ‘ISIS rapper’ who was once suspected of being Jihadi John has been arrested at a hideout in Spain, Spanish media claimed today
Abdel Bary initially emerged as a key suspect in the hunt for the man dubbed Jihadi John, who was filmed putting a knife to American journalist James Foley’s throat before boasting about carrying out his beheading.
Jihadi John was eventually revealed in February 2015 to be Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, one of a gang of UK-born terrorists who became known as the ‘Beatles’ because of their British accents.
Abdel Bary was born in Egypt but moved to the UK as a six-year-old after his father was released from prison and applied for political asylum with his wife and family.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police confirmed today, saying: ‘National Police officers have developed a counter-terrorism operation which has culminated in the arrest in Almeria of one of the most wanted DAESH foreign terrorist fighters in Europe.
‘Another two people have been arrested and the authorities are currently working to establish their identity and their relationship with the other man.’
Saying all three had recently entered Spain from North Africa illegally, the National Police said: ‘The detainees adapted their behaviour to Spain’s Covid-19 State of Emergency, going outside very little, separately and always with face masks on to avoid being detected.’