Spain smashes jihadist ring

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File Photo: Police officers arrest a person during and anti-jihad operation in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, on September 6, 2017. Police in Spain and Morocco have arrested six members of a suspected terror cell who were preparing – AFP

Police in Spain have dismantled a group that allegedly indoctrinated and recruited jihadists at 17 prisons across the country, the interior ministry said Tuesday. Police have questioned 25 prisoners in different jails who are “accused of being part of a group close to Daesh which was dedicated to radicalising other prisoners,” the ministry said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS) group. The majority were Moroccans, or Spanish nationals of Moroccan origin, a Spanish anti-terrorism source told AFP. The rest were Spanish nationals who had converted to Islam and a Danish national. The ring, which was made up of prisoners with a history of jihadism or who were themselves radicalised while behind bars, also sought to unite prisoners serving time for terrorist crimes in a so-called “Prison Front”. The ministry did not give details of the group’s activities but the anti-terrorism source said the ring did not have a “concrete plan” to carry out an attack. But it created a “belligerent state of mind towards prison staff”. (AFP)

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