- Spanish police said they had arrested one of Europe's most wanted terrorists
- Police sources said today that it was British-Egyptian Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary
- Abdel Bary was once thought to be Jihadi John, actually Mohammed Emwazi
British 'ISIS rapper' Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary snuck into Spain by boat after posing as an undocumented migrant, it was claimed last night.
Spanish state broadcaster TVE said the jihadi reached the city of Almeria in a patera, the wooden boats Africans traditionally use to reach Europe from as far afield as Senegal.
It said Bary had reached Spain 'a few days ago.'
Another unconfirmed report on Tuesday night in national Spanish newspaper La Razon claimed he was intending to return to the UK as soon as possible.
Police have said they are aware of the way Bary reached Spain and confirmed he came from North Africa - but have not yet admitted he arrived in a 'patera.'
They revealed they had arrested one of Europe's most wanted Foreign Terrorist Fighters earlier on Tuesday along with two other men they were trying to identify.
Bary, who shared sickening social media images of himself holding a decapitated head in Syria in 2014, will appear before a Madrid judge on Wednesday in a closed hearing.
He was held during a dawn raid on Monday by heavily-armed cops.
The anti-terror officers led him out of his hideaway in Almeria city centre with a jacket over his head.
The 29-year-old was once a key suspect in the hunt for the man dubbed Jihadi John filmed putting a knife to American journalist James Foley's throat before boasting of having carried out his beheading.
The executioner was subsequently named as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi in February 2015.
A spokesman for Spain's National Police confirmed Tuesday, referring to ISIS by its acronym Daesh: 'National Police officers have developed a counter-terrorism operation which has culminated in the arrest in Almeria of one of the most wanted Daesh Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Europe.
'Another two people have been arrested and the authorities are currently working to establish their identity and their relationship with the other man.'
Revealing all three had recently entered Spain from North Africa illegally, the National Police said in a statement: 'The detainees adapted their behaviour to Spain's Covid-19 State of Emergency, going outside very little, separately and always with face masks on to avoid being detected.'
Bary was not named in the statement put out by Spanish authorities, who described the main suspect as being of Egyptian origin.
Well-placed police subsequently confirmed the 'dangerous' Foreign Terrorist Fighter they had arrested was Bary.
He was born in Egypt but moved to the UK as a six-year-old after his dad was released from prison and applied for political asylum with his wife and family.
Before leaving for Syria in 2013 he made a name for himself as a rapper and some of his music was played on Radio 1.
Police sources said Tuesday that British-Egyptian jihadist Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was the 'foreign terrorist fighter' detained in a raid in Almeria on Monday.
Authorities described him as 'one of Europe's most wanted terrorist fighters' with an 'extremely violent criminal profile' and a 'criminal record in the ranks of ISIS'.
Police said Abdel Bary and two others had been hiding at an apartment in Almeria after sneaking into Spain from North Africa and using the coronavirus pandemic as cover to keep a low profile.