Spanish police arrest three more terrorist suspects
Spanish police have continued their crackdown on terrorist recruitment and promotion with the arrest of three more suspects.
They were caught in Badalona and Salou in Spain and Tangier in Morocco for being part of an active cell attached to Daesh.
All three had pledged their willingness to “die as martyrs”.
Police said the two men arrested in Spain kept up strong links with other terrorists, including prominent members in the Syrian-Iraqi conflict zone where they intended to travel to fight.
“The members of this cell carried out recruitment, indoctrination and recruitment work in favour of the DAESH terrorist group, not only face to face but also through social networks where they shared videos and photographs inciting the armed struggle and the commission of suicide bombings,” said a spokesman for the Spanish police.
The two men arrested in Badalona (Barcelona) and Salou (Tarragona) are aged 21 and 32 and are both Moro-ccan. The third cell member was caught in Tangier.
Police said the suspects had all received military training, boxing and hand-to-hand combat techniques.
“They had also performed indoctrination work on people close to their environment. One of the detainees, who persua-ded his partner to follow the model of his brother, moved to Syria to fight, planning to travel to this area of conflict to join the ranks of the same terrorist organisation,” said the police.
The operation is still open as part of the crackdown on terrorism.
Since June 26, 2015, when the Ministry of the Interior raised the Anti-Terrorism Alert Level (NAA) to 4, the Security Forces have arrested 162 jihadi terrorists in operations in Spain and abroad and a total of 207 since early 2015.
Police are reminding members of the public that there are ways they can report their suspicions about terrorist behaviour.
The Ministry of the Interior has set up a wsebsite on www.stop-radicalismos.es, an Alertcops mobile security alert application and a free telephone number 900 822 066.