JIHADI THREAT: Terror cell numbers UP in Spain claims

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TERRORISM RISE: The change is thought to be partly down to the loss of prominence of Al Qaeda due to the rise of Islamic State. Photo: Shutterstock


NEW figures suggest Jihadism in Spain is changing from larger terrorist groups to smaller, more isolated cells.

According to the Elcano Royal Institute, a study into 215 people detained or deceased in Spain through alleged membership of Islamic terrorist groups showed cell numbers have increased but their size has decreased.

Before 2010 only 10 groups had been identified and brought down, but a total of 36 were located between 2016 and 2018.  The networks were said to contain between our and seven people, compared to up to 30 members in previous groups.  The change is thought to be partly down to the loss of prominence of Al Qaeda due to the rise of Islamic State.

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