Spain: Moroccan Citizen Arrested For Membership In Terrorist Group

A suspected terrorist wanted by the Kingdom of Morocco was arrested in Madrid, Spain.

The 47 year-old man was born in Tetuan (Morocco) and was subject to an International Arrest Warrant issued in May. The detainee is suspected of being a member of a terrorist group preparing acts of terrorism, aimed at disrupting public order, as well as of obtaining funds allocated to finance said activities.

The man arrested, who is a resident of the town of Parla in Madrid, was subject to a police investigation in 2004 and subsequent criminal proceedings related to the Jihadi terrorist attacks carried out in Madrid on 11 March of that year.

This operation falls under the continuous efforts of the General Commissariat of Intelligence of the National Police developed under the framework of the fight against Jihadi terrorism, and specifically, the issue of the International Arrest Warrant by Morocco demonstrates the excellent collaborative relations with the counter-terrorism services of the Kingdom of Morocco (DGST), the Spanish government said.

Since June 2015, the date on which the Ministry of Home Affairs raised the Counter-Terrorism Alert Level to level 4 (Spanish acronym: NAA), the law enforcement agencies have arrested a total of 166 Jihadi terrorists in operations carried out in Spain and abroad, and a total of 214 since the start of 2015.


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