Six held in anti-jihadist raids
Suspects arrested in Mallorca, Britain and Germany
News Staff Reporter FOUR men have been arrested in Mallorca and two more in the UK and Germany as part of a Spanish investigation into support for so-called Islamic State.
The suspects are said to have produced and spread violent videos to recruit would-be jihadist fighters online.
One was a 44-year-old man from Birmingham, described by Spanish officials as a Salafist imam.
West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit detectives executed a European Arrest Warrant in Birmingham on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the West Midlands force stated on Wednesday morning: “The warrant was carried out in the early hours at an address in Sparkbrook on behalf of Spanish authorities who are investigating support for Daesh.
“A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
“The investigation focuses on Photo DPA terrorism material created for use online.
“The man will be taken to Westminster Magistrates Court later today to seek his extradition to Spain.”
Police in Germany said they had detained a 28-year-old Spanish national in Dortmund, emphasising there was no indication of any planned attack in Germany itself.
The Spanish investigation dates back to 2015 when a series of videos were posted online showing how a young Muslim in Spain was indoctrinated, recruited and eventually sent to fight in Syria.
Spanish authorities said the Salafist preacher based in Birmingham was known to European police and intelligence and they alleged he had travelled to Palma de Mallorca to steer the jihadist cell.
The group was based in Mallorca and organised secret weekly meetings aimed at recruiting young people to travel to conflict zones to fight, the Spanish interior ministry said.