Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Five terrorist suspects arrested in Barcelona,Spain

MADRID, June 12 - Police in Barcelona arrested five people of Tunisian origin for their presumed terrorist activities on Wednesday.

Spain's Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz confirmed that the operation was aimed at neutralizing the "threat of lone wolves," adding that the five men had spent time using the internet to spread speeches from Osama Bin Ladin or Al Zarqawi, videos of terrorist attacks and instructions on how to prepare explosive devices.

The Interior Ministry said the police discovered a large quantity of material, among which were 400 archives of photos, videos and texts with images of attacks, speeches from radical leaders and training instructions as well as links to websites connected to or with a close relationship to Al Qaeda.

The Ministry adds that those arrested had undergone "a serious process of self-radicalization," which had "caused them to fully embrace the thesis of jihadi salafism." They had been under investigation since the start of 2012.

The author Gilles Kepel describes followers of Salfist Jihadism as people who combine, "respect for the sacred texts in their most literal form, ... with an absolute commitment to jihad, whose number-one target had to be America, perceived as the greatest enemy of the faith."

Wednesday's arrests in Barcelona take to 10 the number of suspected Islamist terrorists arrested in Spain this year. The last two arrests took place on April 23 in the cities of Zaragoza and Murcia with the detention of two suspected members of a cell of the group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb.

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