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British rapper suspected in beheading death of James Foley

The former British rapper known as L. Jinny is a suspect in the beheading death of journalist James Foley.
The former British rapper known as L. Jinny is a suspect in the beheading death of journalist James Foley. LJinnyVEVO/YouTube

British intelligence has identified a suspected in the beheading of James Foley, the American journalist killed earlier this month by radical Islamic group ISIS. They have pinpointed a former British rapper who went by the name L. Jinny. The suspect's real name is Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary according to a Sunday report by TMZ.

Investigators are working to verify that Bary is the killer using voice recognition techniques and other sophisticated means of identification. Reports say that Bary defected to Syria last year from his upper class home in London to join up with ISIS militants fighting in the civil war.

According to the TMZ report, Bary released a picture of himself holding a severed head via Twitter earlier in August. In the photo he was wearing camouflage fatiques and a black hood over his head.

Bary's father, Abdel Abdul Bary, was considered to be a member of al-Qaida. The elder Bary was extradited to the United States in 2012 to stand trial on charges of terrorism. The Egyptian-born terror suspect is currently awaiting trial in Manhattan for his role in the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

Although U.S. officials have yet to comment on the named suspect in James Foley's execution, British sources have been forthcoming with details. It has been said that other prisoners refer to Bary as "John the Beatle" due to his British accent.

Music recordings from Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary when he was known as rapper L. Jinny are being compared to the voice of James Foley's executioner. Bary made several music videos to accompany the songs that were played on popular UK radio stations.