A 24-year-old former rapper from London was identified as the person who carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley for the extremist group Islamic State (ISIS), USA Today reported on Monday.
British intelligence officials reportedly identified Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary (pictured above, in red baseball cap) through voice-recognition software. Abdel Bary performed under the names “Lyricist Jinn” or “L Jinny.” Bary wrote on his Facebook page in July 2013, that he was abandoning his music career.
“I have left everything for the sake of Allah,” he wrote. In his final post, written this past March, he complained about an article about himself in the Daily Mail, stating, “Pagan newspapers at it again…smh. You got nothing better to write about or you love me?”
The suspect was also referred to as “Jihadi John” in connection with the Aug. 19 video showing Foley’s beheading. Foley had been missing since November 2012. Bary is believed to be one of about 400 to 500 British nationals who have joined Islamic State.
According to The Independent, Abdel Bary posted a picture online earlier this year of himself holding a severed head with the caption, “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.”
Later in his music career, Bary referenced the extradition of his father, Adel Abdul Bary, from the U.K. to the U.S. two years ago. The elder Bary is believed to have worked as a lieutenant for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and was taken from the U.K. after being accused of taking part in bombing attacks against two U.S. embassies in east Africa in 1998.
“Give me the pride and the honor like my father, I swear the day they came and took my dad, I could have killed a cop or two,” the younger Bary rapped in “The Prisoner,” which was posted online this past March. “Imagine then I was only six, picture what I’d do now with a loaded stick. Like boom bang fine, I’m wishing you were dead, violate my brothers and I’m filling you with lead.”
[Image via “Lyricist Jinn Matic” Facebook page]