Six held in anti-ji­hadist raids

Sus­pects ar­rested in Mal­lorca, Bri­tain and Ger­many

Costa Levante News - - SPANISH NEWS -

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.

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