AN anti-terrorist police operation has arrested a student who it is claimed was planning ‘a large scale massacre’ in an explosives attack at one of the huge Semana Santa processions in Spain this week.
The man who planned to attack a Holy Week procession was arrested in Morocco after a joint intelligence operation between the two countries.
Spain’s Ministry of the Interior said National Police are currently searching the 23-year-old man’s address in the Andalucian capital of Sevilla where he studies at university.
He has been named by Spanish press as Zouhair El Bouhdidi and it is claimed he planned to carry out ‘a large scale massacre’ in an explosives attack acting alone.
Security at the Semana Santa processions has been stepped up after a DAESH video emerged earlier this week calling for ‘lone wolf’ terror attacks in Spain that included scenes from Easter processions in Andalucia.
🚩 ÚLTIMA HORA: Detenido en Marruecos un yihadista que presuntamente pretendía atentar en #Sevilla.
En estos momentos se está llevando a cabo el registro en su domicilio en la capital andaluza #EstamosPorTi #SomosTuPolicía
— Policía Nacional (@policia) April 17, 2019