Rabat - Three Moroccan nationals have been arrested in Madrid under suspicion of terrorism, the Spanish Ministry of Interior announced in a statement on Wednesday.
Rabat – Three Moroccan nationals have been arrested in Madrid under suspicion of terrorism, the Spanish Ministry of Interior announced in a statement on Wednesday.
One of the suspects, a 32-year-old man who is believed to have links with the Islamic State organization (ISIS), is considered “very dangerous.”The two other suspects, aged 33 and 38, shared an apartment with him. The Spanish Interior said the main suspect was training his flat-mates to carry out violent acts in Spain.
The Ministry revealed that the man in question had collected large amount of extremist material, including manuals on how to conduct terrorist attacks.
In the early hours of Wednesday, Spanish police raided the apartment located in Las Delicias, southern Madrid, and arrested the three men. The radical material was seized during the raid.
According to the Ministry, the documents, the contents of which range from“the most radical kind of ideological prepping” to “acts of martyrdom,” are currently being analyzed by Spain’s national police.
The arrest took place two days ahead of the World Pride, the largest LGBT festival in the world, due to take place in Madrid. The operation comes also at a time where terrorist attacks were carried out in recent days in London, Paris and Brussels where other Moroccans were involved.
No details were provided on whether the three suspects were planning to carry out attacks targeting the LGBT event. However, Spain boosted its security measures for fear of potential attacks against the event, which draws more than two million people.
Spain remains on a high threat alert, with the level maintained at 4 out of 5 since June 26, 2015, after terrorism hit several countries including Tunisia, Kuwait, France and others.According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, 172 suspects of terrorism have been arrested in Spain and abroad since then.