Friday 20 October 2017

Moroccan arrested on Gran Canaria in terror offences probe

The man is the second Moroccan to be arrested by Spanish police in as many days on suspicion of terror-related offences
The man is the second Moroccan to be arrested by Spanish police in as many days on suspicion of terror-related offences

A Moroccan has been arrested in the Canary Islands on suspicion of praising terrorism by promoting armed Islamic groups on the internet.

Spain's Interior Ministry said the 30-year-old was detained in the city of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria on Tuesday.

He is alleged to have used a popular social media network to spread propaganda for the teachings and armed actions of extremist groups such as Syria's Fatah al-Sham Front, which is considered to be linked to al Qaida.

The man is the second Moroccan to be arrested in as many days in connection with terror-related offences.

The ministry said Spanish police have arrested 182 suspected jihadi activists since Spain raised its national security alert to one step below maximum following attacks in France and elsewhere in 2015.

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