Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Six held in Spain, UK and Germany in anti-jihadist raids

Four men have been arrested on Majorca and two more in the UK and Germany as part of a Spanish investigation into support for so-called Islamic State, police say.

The suspects are said to have produced and spread violent videos to recruit would-be jihadist fighters online.

One was a 43-year-old Islamic preacher from Birmingham.

He was arrested in the city's Sparkhill area under a European Arrest Warrant and later appeared in court in London.

The man was identified as Tarik Chadlioui, a Belgian-Moroccan father of eight children who arrived in the UK in 2015. As he challenged a Spanish extradition request, the judge told him he was alleged to be a member of a terrorist organisation who was actively engaged in terrorist activities.

He was remanded in custody until 5 July.

A suspected jihadist is transferred to police custody at Palma de Majorca

All six in detention were described as having Moroccan or dual Moroccan nationality, Efe news agency reported. The four held on Majorca were flown by helicopter to Madrid where they were due to appear in court.

Police in western 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. A judge will decide in the coming weeks whether to extradite him.

BBC     News.

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