Five Salafists Arrested in Barcelona

Yesterday Spanish police arrested five young Tunisian men in Barcelona on suspicion of spreading jihad materials and inciting terrorism.

Many thanks to Hermes for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for subtitling this report from Spanish TV:

Below is an article on the same incident from The Local:

Five Islamist Terrorists Seized in Barcelona

Catalan police have arrested five Tunisian men in Barcelona for sharing over 400 videos on social networks of al-Qaeda leaders Bin Laden and Al-Zarqawi as well as footage of terrorist attacks and tutorials on bomb-making.

Operation Kartago led to the arrests of the five men in the Barcelona neighbourhoods of Raval, Encants and La Mina in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The investigation began in 2012 when Spain’s national police force ascertained that the photos and videos being distributed online by the suspects were being approved and followed by a global jihadist movement.

Spain’s Interior Ministry is accusing the men of inciting Islamist terrorism and has pointed out that more arrests could take place if ongoing police searches in the Catalan capital find more extremist content being distributed online.

So far more than 400 photos, videos and texts have been found, including footage of al-Qaeda leaders Bin Laden and Al-Zarqawi giving speeches, executions by firing squad, terrorist attacks, tutorials on bomb-making and mujahideen training.

Video Transcript:

00:00   The police agents of the information brigade from Madrid and Barcelona
00:04   take positions and finish an operation in which they have
00:06   been working for a year and a half. They were tracking 5 young Tunisians
00:10   who had recently radicalized their Salafist ideas. They spread through
00:14   social networks 400 videos, photos and texts with Al Qaeda-style jihadi content.
00:19   Among the spread files there were speeches from Bin Laden, pictures of
00:23   terrorist attacks, mujahideen training exercises and guides on how to make
00:27   explosives, apart from their praises for those actions.
00:31   A young Tunisian was detained in this hut. The operation started at
00:36   4 a.m. when the special agents entered this lot very close to
00:39   Las Glorias neighborhood in Barcelona.
00:41   ”This youngster’s main issue was jihad, he was always talking about it”
00:50   This youngster was the first detainee, he lived in subhuman conditions
00:53   and frequently visited an internet point. Two more home searches
00:57   were made in La Mina and El Rabal neighborhoods.
00:59   ”It is part of the operation we are carrying out in order to neutralize
01:04   the menace posed in a general context by jihadi terrorism,
01:10   the activities of the so-called lone wolves and also the
01:14   ”returners”, that is, those who have gone to fight in war zones”.
01:19   One of them had just arrived from Tunisia.
01:22   This was what triggered this operation leaded by the National Court.

Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.

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2 thoughts on “Five Salafists Arrested in Barcelona

  1. The autonomous government of this Spanish region in their quest for a different identity from the rest of Spaniards have encountered their ‘mediterraneanness’ to be their best political option, copiously seasoned with Qatari money, resulting in a plan to build the biggest Mosque on the Mediterranean shore, better and bigger than Istanbul’s or Cairo’s, where the bullfighting ring is located right now.
    The rationale behind it says that Islam is the religion of the majority in the region which would be true once you have accepted that North Africa and South Europe are a single region. So if it wasn´t enough with the alliance between leftist and Islamists, here come the Catalonian independence seekers ready to join the war effort against well… all of us, themselves included.
    So if you planned to visit Barcelona’s Cathedral, wait a little longer and have a look at the most magnificent mosque too.

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