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Moroccan arrested in Gran Canaria for promoting terrorism 

The Guardia Civil has arrested a Moroccan in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for exalting terrorism.

The operation was carried out by the Chief of Information of the Civil Guard, the Information Section of the Canary Islands and Las Palmas police.

“This detention occurs as a result of the work of monitoring internet activity and social networks of individuals and radical groups related to terrorist groups of jihadist orientation,” said a spokesman.

The detainee developed a campaign of dissemination of jihadist material in social networks where he showed his explicit support for the spread of ideology and terrorist actions carried out by the group Jabhat Fatah al Sham.

Since 2015, when the Ministry of the Interior has raised the Anti-Terrorism Alert Level (NAA-4) to 4, the Security Forces and Security Corps has detained a total of 182 jihadi terrorists.

The 30-year-old Moroccan citizen has only been identified with the initials of AZ.

During the investigation, the Civil Guard observed how the detainee used an account under a pseudonym in a well-known social network to spread propagandistic material of various jihadist groups, supporting both the spread of ideology and the execution of terrorist actions in a conflict zone.

“The analysis of the electronic devices used by the detainee to access and publish in social networks will allow those responsible for the investigation to determine if it is a process of self-radicalisation or if the detainee had contacts with a larger structure, Implantation as well as if other individuals residing in our territory are part of the same,” said the police.

The Ministry of the Interior is reminding members of the public that they can collaborate in the fight against terrorism through a series of channels at their disposal so that, in a confidential and secure way, via the website www.stop-radicalismos.es, the Alertcops mobile security alert application and the free telephone number 900 822 066.