One of Europe’s most wanted jihadists arrested in Almería for being “extremely violent”
Abdel Majed Abdel Bary traveled from North Africa, shared an apartment with two people and went out on the street separately with masks to adapt to the COVID-19.
Así detuvimos en #Almería a uno de los Foreign Terrorist Fighters de DAESH más buscados de #Europa. De nacionalidad egipcia, habría entrado ilegalmente en España y se ocultaba en un piso de alquiler. También se arrestó a otras dos personas que lo acompañaban pic.twitter.com/14f2v2brEg
— Policía Nacional (@policia) April 21, 2020
The Spanish National Police officers arrested this morning in Almería one of the members of the terrorist group DAESH whose search and capture was decreed at the international level both for his criminal record and for being included under the name ‘foreign terrorist fighters’ (FTF) in the ranks of the terrorist organization-
According to the Police, the detainee, an Egyptian national, recently entered Spain irregularly after spending several years in the Syrian-Iraqi conflict zone and remained hidden in a rental apartment in the province of Almería along with two other resins that they have also been detained.
Originally from Maida Vale in London, Bary was a joint British-Egyptian national but he was stripped of his UK citizenship because of his links to the terror group. Once considered a notorious Isis figure, he had disappeared from view in recent years.
One source said he had been arrested shortly after entering Spain from Algeria, but this could not immediately be confirmed.
Bary, 29, is the son of Adel Abdel Bary, who was convicted of US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 213 people. The younger Abdel Bary was a vocal supporter of Isis from 2013 to 2015. In that time he posed with a severed head and frequently menaced the west in social media posts.
There was speculation at the time that he could be the hooded militant nicknamed Jihadi John, who beheaded a number of western hostages on camera. However, that person was later revealed to be Mohammed Emwazi. Abdel Bary knew Emwazi – and four other men branded by their captors as the Beatles – through west London Islamic circles, but he is not thought to have worked closely with them in Syria.
Abdel Bary disappeared for years, leading to speculation that he had been killed as the group’s so-called caliphate crumbled from late 2015.
Turkish police, whom British officials had asked to hunt for Abdel Bary, said they lost track of him by late 2015. There were suspicions he had used the then highly active migrant route to smuggle himself to central Europe via Greece.
Abdel Bary is thought to have had a Spanish girlfriend whom he met online sometime in 2017. By then he is believed to have resumed an online presence using numerous aliases.
During a brief career as a rapper in London he was known as Lyricist Jinn and L Jinny, and he performed with a group called the Black Triangle. After immersing in his faith, he denounced his former life and friends. He left his family and five siblings for the Isis stronghold of Raqqa in July 2013.
Those arrested, according to the Police, adopted “iron security measures”, both in their journey from North Africa to our territory and in the movements they made in Almería. Already in Spain, they adapted their behaviors to the situation of the alarm state as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, “making few outings, separately, and always with masks to avoid detection.”
The investigation carried out by investigators 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 Central Investigating Court number 3 and in coordination with the Public Prosecutor’s Office. National.
The detained terrorist Abdel Majed Abdel Bary had been in the Syrian-Iraqi conflict zone for several years and “has both very peculiar personality traits and an extremely violent criminal profile, which caught the attention of the European police and intelligence services.”
Part of his career at DAESH has been evidenced in various audiovisual and written press media, which have published different aspects of his activity within the terrorist organization, showing images, some of which are extremely harsh, of his crimes in a conflict zone.
Abdel Majed Abdel Bary, from Maida Vale, was one of the most wanted militants in Europe