The detainee, a 49-year-old Moroccan, was already in contact with jihadist profiles displaced to conflict zones

National Police agents during the arrest.

It is a ‘lone wolf’ of manual The Police thus define the jihadist arrested in the last hours in Toledo. As explained from the General Information Office, includes all the conditions to be considered “a high risk figure”, with a powerful level of self-radicalization that at “any moment” could go “from study to action”, these sources point out.

The arrest of the alleged jihadist (a 49-year-old Moroccan dedicated to construction) has occurred in the Toledo town of Santa Olalla. The radical is accused of crimes of self-indoctrination, self-training and terrorist exaltation. The researchers have verified how this subject had processed a rapid radicalization through the self-consumption of terrorist content on the Internet.

The operation has been developed jointly between the General Information Office and the National Intelligence Center (CNI), with the collaboration of the Provincial Information Brigade of Toledo. It has been coordinated by the fiscal of the National Court and directed by the Central Court of Instruction number 5.

The investigation began last November when experts in the fight against terrorism detected an individual aligned with the postulates of Daesh to disseminate, through its social networks, radical and violent jihadist material. In them, terrorist attacks were encouraged.

After the appropriate investigation, the agents verified that among the contacts of their social networks there were several jihadist profiles located in the conflict zone, which accelerated the actions since the contact was direct with jihadists displaced to the war zone.

Investigators detected how the suspect was taking strict security measures to prevent police services from detecting him. He used anti-spam applications in order to encrypt his conversations and anonymize his identity.

In the early hours of Monday the police device was launched. In addition to the arrest, his home was searched where the agents seized abundant computer material. Especially significant for the investigation was the location of more than 60 manuals for terrorist self-training, such as: the manufacture of explosives, the manufacture of poisons, “night combat tactics” and “the sniper”, among others. In addition, he had hundreds of videos of violent and radical content, including numerous Salafi speeches praising the martyrs of jihad.


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