Islamic State: Rapper Lyricist Jinn arrested by police in Spain

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Spain's national police released video of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary's arrest

A rapper from London who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group has been arrested in Spain.

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 28, who performed as Lyricist Jinn, travelled to the Middle East in 2013.

Spanish National Police posted a video of the arrest operation, branding Abdel Bary "one of Europe's most wanted Daesh foreign terrorist fighters."

He was detained alongside two other men found in a rented apartment in Almeria, police said.

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All three men had adapted themselves to the COVID-19 emergency in Spain, after entering the country illegally, according to police there.

The men rarely went out and wore face masks when they did, officers added.

In 2014, Abdel Bary's father pleaded guilty in the United States to conspiring to kill, in the 1998 Al Qaeda bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

In a statement, Spanish National Police said the detainee had spent several years in the Syrian-Iraqi conflict zone.

The other arrested men had yet to be identified, police said.

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