The James Foley killer was previously said to be a British national judging by his accent from the horrifying ISIS beheading video of the journalist released earlier this week.
But until Friday, that was all we knew about him. Now authorities are said to be investigating London rapper L Jinny (real name: Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary) in connection with the slaying.
According to a report from the U.K.’s Independent, L Jinny is a 24-year-old man who “came to national attention earlier this year, when he posted a picture of himself holding a severed head on Twitter after resurfacing in Syria.
More from the report:
The gruesome picture, believed to have been taken in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, was captioned: ‘Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.’
“Bary reportedly travelled to the country last year from Maida Vale, west London, where he lived with his mother and five siblings.
“His father Adel Abdul Bary, an Egyptian refugee thought to be one of Osama Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants, was extradited from Britain to the United States on charges of terrorism in 2012 for his alleged roles in the bombings of two US embassies in east Africa in 1998.”
While there is still a chance L Jinny may not be the James Foley killer U.S. intelligence is now looking for, “Bary’s music makes frequent reference to drug use, violence and life on a council estate and talks about the threat of his family being deported to Egypt,” the news site notes.
So what specifically made authorities set their sights on L Jinny?
The site states that a “sound expert who compared the footage of the brutal killing with Bary’s rap songs told the paper there was a ‘big likeness’ between the voices.” Furthermore, “Mr Foley’s murderer has not been identified by authorities but the Foreign Secretary said he sounded British and experts were urgently trying to trace him.”
At the time of this post, police are said to be preparing raids on several homes across Britain in efforts to trace “jihadi John” but a spokesperson for the Counter Terrorism Unit at Scotland Yard would not confirm the identities of any suspects.
Reportedly, Foley went missing from Syria in November of 2012. Foley had been covering the Syrian civil war, and observers believed that he was being held in Damascus.
What do you think, readers? Has the James Foley killer been identified, and if so, do you think he should be extradited to the U.S.?