Jihadist terrorist arrested in Altea

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GUARDIA Civil have arrested an alleged jihadist radical and terrorist in Altea, Alicante.

Agents of the Information Service of the Guardia Civil, supported by EUROPOL detained the suspect on Wednesday, October 20 in the Alicante municipality of Altea. The Moroccan citizen, 50, was arrested for alleged terrorist activities as a radical supporter of the Daesh terrorist group.

Officials report that he centred his activities around searching, editing, commenting on and disseminating Daesh propaganda material. The extremist then identified possible targets on social media, mostly young people, and attempted to recruit and radicalise them.

Daesh is widely known for its videos of beheadings and other types of executions, both of soldiers and civilians, and even journalists and humanitarian aid members. The United Nations holds Daesh responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes. Daesh also carried out a major “ethnic cleansing” of northern Iraq.

The alleged terrorist fully shared the violent vision of Daesh and tried to share and disseminate it among the people he connected with online.

DAESH radicals believe that the coronavirus pandemic was sent as a punishment against the West.

A second person, allegedly radicalized by the recruiter, was also arrested in order to verify his involvement in terrorist activities, but has since been released.

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