Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is suspected of being ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and now new video has emerged of the former London rapper ranting against police during the 2011 riots in London.
Footage has emerged of the 24-year-old Abdel Bary decrying the police in an on-camera interview with Australian 9News foreign correspondent Peter Stefanovic.
A clearly agitated Abdel Bary approached Stefanovic, saying he wanted to reveal to viewers his view of how police were handling the riot.
“The police are protecting the police station, they’re not protecting the people,” Abdel Bary said as he gestured wildly.
He continues: “A policeman said it out of his own words when I asked him ‘why are you here?’ He said I’m here to protect the police.
“They basically want to see it burn down so the damage can look massive,” 9News quoted Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary.
In September, British intelligence forces say they had identified the man seen in ISIS videos beheading American and British captives. Though officials did not identify the man with the London accent known as Jihadi John, many sources said it was indeed Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary. Before leaving for Syria, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary had a somewhat successful rap career, including some songs on BBC radio. In songs, he rapped about threats being deported to Egypt — his father, Adel Abdul Bary, was extradited to the United States on suspicion of being a close lieutenant of Osama bin Laden.
Experts believe that British forces have long known the true identity of Jihadi John.
Professor Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, said intelligence forces likely knew who it was within hours of the first ISIS beheading video being released.
He said: “I’d be very surprised if they haven’t already narrowed it down to a small group of people.
“The video provides enough clues to show who is responsible. MI6 probably do have a rough idea already of where the hostages are. The intelligence agencies probably have it narrowed down to two or three people.”
A team of British and American forces are reportedly trying to locate Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary in Syria, and reports earlier this year indicated that at one point they pinpointed Jihadi John but could not pull the trigger on an airstrike to take him out.
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