Jihadi rapper: One of the most wanted terrorists arrested in Spain
Spanish National Police agents have arrested one of the most wanted Isis (Daesh) members in Europe on Tuesday in Almería, both for his criminal record in the ranks of the terrorist organization and for his high dangerousness.According to the General Police Directorate’ press release, the detainee, an Egyptian national, who spent several years in the Syrian-Iraqi conflict zone, had recently entered Spain irregularly and was hiding in an apartment rent in the Andalusian province. Two other people have also been arrested in this operation and the investigators are currently working to verify their identity and their relationship with the terrorist as well.
The operation carried out by detectives from the General Information Police Station, in collaboration with the Almería Provincial Police Station and the National Intelligence Center (CNI), has been supervised by the Spanish Central Investigating Court number 3 in coordination with the National Public Prosecutor’s Office. Terrorism expert Jean-Charles Brisard today affirmed that the person who fled Britain to join ISIS reported by Spanish police is the Europe’s “most wanted” Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 29 years-old. Brisard took Twitter to say: “One of the most wanted jihadists in Europe arrested in Almeria, Spain.
Before travelling to Syria, Abdel Bari was a notorious rapper, also known as Lyricist Jinn and L Jinny, living in UK. In 2014 the ‘jihadi rapper’ appeared in many photos on Social Networks included one showing him proud holding a decapitated head in Raqqa in 2014. According to many security reports, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, one of six children of Adel Abdel Bari, was also involved in the attacks against the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Footage released today by the Spanish police showed heavily-armed officers raiding a ground-floor premises at night-time before bringing out three men with their heads covered during daylight hours.MI5 and MI6 confirmed that the suspect is the notorious rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary according to Spanish media outlets.
After the circulation of video material relating to the decapitation of the American war correspondentJames Wright Foley, MI6 focused on three suspected jihadists that could connect to the executioner nicknamed Jihadi John. It’s therefore assumed that Abdel Bary is the colleague of John nicknamed “George”, part of the British-born terrorist cell known as ‘the Beatles’. Only in February 2015 it was reported that Jihadi John was actually the London-Kuwaiti computer scientist Mohammed Emwazi. Later in July of the same year some sources claimed that Bary had fled to Turkey after leaving ISIS ranks.Rest to understand how from Turkey he illegally came back to Europe. It cannot be excluded that he did it by infiltrating migrants in Greece, or even more likely that he arrived in Europe via Libya.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary’ music was played bythe UK’s Official Chart on Radio 1 until 2013, when the rapper left his family home, announcing that he was leaving everything for the sake of Allah. Soon after Abdel Bary uploaded an image of himself on Facebook holding up a cut off human head with the description: “Chilling’ with my homie or what’s left of him”. Many foreign fighters whom travelled to Syria,like the jihadi rapper, continued for years to upload photos showing severed heads taken in a part of Syria controlled by Daesh and other organizations – supported by Turkey – fighting against the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad. Facebook administration initially refused to delete the images, saying they did not contravene its guidelines.It later blocked the material after being contacted by other Governments institutions and counter-terrorism organizations.