Abel Majed Abdel Bary, also known as “Jihadi John,” a British rapper turned suspected member of the ISIS terrorist group known as The Beatles, was discovered dead in his prison cell. The exact cause of death remains unknown. Prison guards at El Puerto III Prison in Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz, found the 32-year-old rapper lifeless.
Jihadi John had been facing trial in Madrid on terror charges, accused of leading a jihadist cell believed to have been formed in Syria. During the trial at the national court, he was informed that a conviction could result in up to nine years in prison. The trial concluded on July 14, 2023, but John’s verdict was never delivered due to his unexpected death.
The arrest of Jihadi John took place in April 2020 when Spanish Police intercepted him and two suspected aides as they were smuggled onto a beach on Spain’s southeast coastline.
Originally an Egyptian national educated in London, he lost his British nationality after reports emerged of his involvement with ISIS. In 2020, he was arrested in Almeria, where he claimed to be a Syrian national named Ahmed Mohamed Al Oulabi. He gained notoriety when he was identified as the main suspect in the killing of American journalist James Foley, an act that was filmed and attributed to “Jihadi John.
The ISIS Beatles, a group known for their British accents, were responsible for torturing and beheading foreign hostages in Syria. Jihadi John’s role within this group earned him a notorious reputation.
As of now, investigations into Jihadi John’s death continue, and further details are yet to be disclosed.