Spanish authorities nab 8 suspected terrorists
MADRID: Spanish authorities have nabbed eight suspected terrorists in a security operation carried out in four provinces, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The detainees were tracked down and detained on charges of inciting “terrorist action on Spanish territories,” reminiscent to recent attacks that happened in other European nations, the official statement said, alluding to a series of bloody incidents, namely the armed assault on offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris that killed up to 12 people, early January.
Spanish police are storming and searching suspected places in four provinces, including Barcelona and Girona and Avila, located some 120 kilometers west of the capital.
The statement, which did not reveal identity of the detainees, indicated the security personnel would raid other suspected hideouts.
The raids came three days after Spanish police detained two Citizens in Ceuta. The Interior Ministry said the two men “were fully ready to carry out an imminent terrorist attack in Spain.” Some of the attacks in Europe are attributed to radical groups, such as Al-Qaeda. Authorities in several European countries have also stopped individuals trying to travel to troubled countries, such as Syria, for “jihad.”