Spanish Police Arrest 4 Suspected Members of Jihadi Cell

NBC News, January 24, 2015

Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country’s North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.


Two houses in Ceuta were searched in Saturday morning police raids and four men, all Spanish citizens of Moroccan origin, were arrested, the agency said. Officers found an automatic pistol, ammunition, military fatigues, face-concealing hoods, Spanish vehicle license plates, large machetes, knives and documents.

The ministry said the four were following instructions given by the al-Qaida in Iraq leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, via what it called “a powerful and aggressive communication campaign” including jihadi Internet forums and websites. Al-Baghdadi is now the leader of the extremist group ISIS, which controls about a third of Iraq and Syria. Investigators were still assessing the cell’s “infrastructure to carry out terror attacks in the country,” the ministry said.

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  • propagandaoftruth

    Still waiting for more shoes to drop.

  • SentryattheGate

    Anybody with commonsense, even many years ago, would have been able to predict that Muslims would be problems in our Western countries. Yet, “our” elites “knew better” and let them come in and the cancer has taken root! Now, we the innocent, have to endure the “chemotherapy” of surveillance, searches, loss of rights, and massive spending on “homeland security”.

  • IstvanIN

    four men, all Spanish citizens of Moroccan origin,
    At least they didn’t call them Spaniards.

  • LeonNJ

    They better build a better chain linked fence.

  • B.A_2014

    Poor Spaniards. To think that they once ruled large stretches of the earth. Now they are just a dumping ground for third worlders and a place where degenerate European teenagers go to get drunk, vomit in street and sleep with skanks.

  • Paleoconn

    The problem is the open borders Schengen Agreement. The deadbeat southern European countries let them in and point them to the spendthrift, welfare-mad north. Europe eating its own. Glad these Spaniards are doing their jobs at least. The Italians go out of their way to rescue troubled boats full of Somalis.

  • Preparation HBomb

    I think the authorities in the U.S. need to pay attention – the terrorists aren’t just planning attacks in Spain. Our folks would do well to watch the Academy Awards, for instance. Just a guess. But I do believe it’ll take another major hit in this country to jerk most peoples’ heads around to the truth about Islam. Islam IS the enemy and we ARE at war with it and with all of its adherents. Like, no kidding….