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Altea man arrested for radicalisation

A fifty year old Moroccan, living in Altea, is being held in custody, accused of the online radicalisation and recruitment of young people to the terrorist organisation Daesh.

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Guardia Civil officers, working in conjunction with Europol, arrested the man at his home in the town last Friday, detaining him by order of the National court.

In addition, another suspect, also of Moroccan origin was arrested in Alicante during the same operation, but was released after making a statement to the court, confirming that he had been recruited and radicalised by the suspect.

According to investigating officers, the arrested man is a Daesh militant by his own admission, devoting much of his time, “searching, editing, commenting on and disseminating propaganda material”, supplied by the network.

He accessed social networking groups to search for users sympathetic to his beliefs, who could be recruited for the jihad.

He then redirected them to private messaging applications to deepen the radicalisation processes and sent them digital content fromDaesh.

Officers also believed the alleged perpetrator to be totally immersed in the work of the organisation, taking security precautions at his home in Altea to avoid detection.

Guardia Civil agents, specialising in the combat of terrorism, consider the activities of the suspect, to be “just as important as fighting in conflict zones or carrying out attacks in Western countries,” with proof being that the National Court has agreed to his detainment without bail.

Their allegations imply that the detainee fully shared the violent vision of Daesh and tried to share and spread it on the network, where he came to highlight that the covid-19 pandemic is a punishment against the West, something that the organisation has also spread through its usual propaganda media networking.

The Guardia Civil has reinforced all investigations into terror threats in Spain, since the country entered level 4 of the anti-terrorist alert in June 2015, with special focus on, “those on individuals immersed in a radicalisation process that may lead to displacement to conflict zone or in the commission of terrorist actions in the countries of residence, which is currently one of the main threats to Western countries.”

These measures have been further intensified since the beginning of the pandemic given the possibility that Daesh or another terrorist group could take advantage of the current health scenario.

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