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The fight against terrorism

The Spanish National Police and the Directorate-General for National Security of the Kingdom of Morocco (DGST) arrest four people, three of them in Spain, for belonging to the terrorist organisation DAESH

Tuesday 5 December 2017
Ministerio del Interior

​The operation was carried out with the collaboration of the Provincial Intelligence Brigades of Guipúzcoa and Barcelona, Europol and the Directorate-General for National Security of the Kingdom of Spain (DGST), once more neutralising a dangerous threat.

Agents of the General Intelligence Bureau of the Spanish National Police and the Directorate-General for National Security of the Kingdom of Morocco (DGST) arrested four people today, three of them in Spain, for belonging to the terrorist organisation DAESH Teams of police were deployed simultaneously in Tangier (Morocco), Figureres (Girona) and Parla (Madrid), where a number of homes were searched.

Thos arrested were key targets in the fight against terrorism. They were publishing radical jihadi materials on the Internet and directly inciting the commission of attacks in Spain. They all used their profiles in the social media to work for the propaganda apparatus of the terrorist organisation in Spain.

The man arrested in Tangier, Morocco, is high on the list of people wanted in a number of countries and a dangerous member of DAESH, forming part of the leadership of the propaganda machine. Every day he collected in real time the information provided directly by the official distributors of the terrorist organisation. He also drafted up-to-date dossiers designed to radicalise as many people as possible on the Internet. He was very well known online, and boasted of having opened up to 300 web profiles through which the future radicals downloaded very violent materials from a single link.  Although he adopted extensive security measures that hid his true identity, he used keywords and logos that allowed thousands of his followers to reach him even when his profiles were closed due to their unacceptable content.

Two arrested in Figueres (Girona)

 Elsewhere, the two arrested in Figueres (Girona), brothers aged 30 and 31 of Moroccan origin, ran a complex communication network to boost DAESH's global strategy of viral propaganda using mass dissemination through the Internet by any means (social networks, e-mail, instant messaging, etc.).

Since March 2016, the agents have detected more than 400 publications by the two men on the Internet. In this case, and as a security measure, they maintained private walls, restricting access and controlling the people to whom their content was targeted. The material includes explanatory manuals on how to make home-made explosive devices, how to stab civilians, and how to train mujahedeen, directly inciting their followers to commit attacks.

A significant new criminal activity by those arrested has been to use knowledge provided by DAESH to learn how to hack the social profiles of users not part of the terrorist cause. This allowed them to access their victims' private accounts without their consent and publish proselytising content illegally. The materials showed training camps for children, executions and firing squads, and conduct that humiliates victims of attacks or wars, all with the aim of creating a state of permanent terror in society.

One man arrested in Parla (Madrid)

Among his virtual friends the agents found a fourth target, a 44-year-old Moroccan who is a nationalised Spaniard, and who has been arrested in the town of Parla in the region of Madrid. Together with the other three he worked to indoctrinate and attract followers through the social media. His criminal profile is different from the others, as he barely used any security measures and published openly, demonstrating a more defiant character by not trying to hide.

In addition, the man arrested in Parla (Madrid) was involved in indoctrinating some local people, which was obviously dangerous for him, as his advanced stage of radicalism meant that he used to repeatedly and continuously praise the kamikaze attempts and actions of martyrdom. This conduct had led him to look among his followers for fellow-conspirators to plan a possible terrorist attack in Spain.

The operation has been carried out with the collaboration of the Provincial Intelligence Brigades of Guipúzcoa and Barcelona. The collaboration also included the presence on the ground of agents from the European police cooperation agency Europol. The action has demonstrated the excellent level of collaboration between the General Intelligence Bureau of the Spanish National Police and the Directorate-General for National Security of the Kingdom of Morocco (DGST), which has once more led to the neutralisation of a dangerous threat.

The operation, which remains ongoing, was carried out under the supervision of Central Investigation Court Number 2 in coordination with the Public Prosecutor's Office of the National High Court.

Since 26 June 2015, the date on which the Ministry of Home Affairs raised the Counter-Terrorism Alert Level to level 4 (Spanish acronym: NAA-4), the law enforcement agencies have arrested a total of 217 Jihadist terrorists in operations carried out in Spain and overseas, with a total of 262 arrests since the beginning of 2015.

The Ministry of Home Affairs sends out a reminder that, through the initiative STOP RADICALISMOS, citizens can collaborate through a series of channels open to them so that, in a confidential and secure manner, they can notify the State law enforcement agencies of possible cases of radicalisation in their vicinity through the web page www.stop-radicalismos.es, the mobile phone app for citizens security alerts Alertcops and the free hotline 900 822 066.

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