Ceuta police arrest highly prepared terror suspects

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Ceuta, the Spanish town in North Africa where the suspects were arrested this morning

Police in Ceuta arrested four people this morning (Saturday January 24) during an anti-terrorist operation.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz confirmed that the suspects were two pairs of radical brothers, highly trained and prepared to carry out a suicide attack.

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Fernandez Diaz said that according the police the group was similar to that which recently carried out savage attacks in Paris.

The police discovered during investigations that the suspects, of Morocco origins but with Spanish nationality, were determined to attack and would have died for their cause if necessary.

The group were reportedly well prepared, both physically and psychologically, and well trained with weapons.


During the operation two properties were also searched and combat gear, hoods and knives found.

Fernandez Diaz stressed that the operation was of great importance and proved that when Spain’s alert level for terrorist attack risk was put up on January 7 it was a necessary measure.


The suspects have been transferred to Madrid by helicopter under tight security measures including air surveillance.

The Ceuta operation was the first of its type carried out in Spain this year. During 2014 Spanish security forces arrested 40 suspected Jihadists, many thanks to collaboration from Morocco.




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