MADRID, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Spanish police mentioned on Wednesday they’d arrested three suspected members of a jihadist cell in Barcelona and one in Madrid after certainly one of them tried to purchase an assault rifle for a potential assault.
A fifth suspected cell member was already in jail serving an unspecified sentence.
Officers discovered three machetes and ammunition in the home of the group’s chief, recognized solely as “Sheikh”, who had been beforehand arrested in Turkey in 2016 when trying to enter a battle zone to be part of the Islamic State, police mentioned in a assertion.
He later travelled to a number of nations comparable to Malaysia, Tanzania and Algeria, the place he continued to recruit for the Islamic State, the police mentioned.
Spanish police detected his presence in Barcelona in March 2021, the place he had contacted a gang of younger Algerians who robbed vacationers and who later “showed strong signs of radicalisation”.
The actions of jihadist teams stay a precedence for police in Spain after Islamist militants used a van to plough into a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas boulevard in August 2017 and carried out a follow-up assault in one other municipality, killing 16 individuals in complete.
Editing by Andrei Khalip and Peter Graff