Europe-wide anti-IS sweep
30 June, 2017
Police authorities in Spain, the UK and Germany arrested six people as part of a Spanish investigation into support for the Islamic State terrorist group. Four men have been arrested on the island of Majorca with two more detained in the UK and Germany. The suspects were producing and spreading violent videos to recruit jihadist fighters online. The group was based in Majorca and has organised secret weekly meetings aimed at recruiting young people to travel to conflict zones to fight, the Spanish interior ministry said.
One of the arrested was a 44-year-old man from Birmingham, described by Spanish officials as a Salafist imam. He was held under a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of terrorism offences. German police has detained a 28-year-old Spanish national in Dortmund.
The Spanish investigation dates back to 2015 when a series of videos were posted online showing how a young Muslim in Spain was indoctrinated, recruited and eventually sent to fight in Syria. Spanish authorities said the Salafist preacher based in Birmingham was known to European police and intelligence and they alleged he had travelled to Palma de Mallorca to steer the jihadist cell.