UK, Spain and Germany join forces to dismantle IS cell

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 6.7.2017 21:27

European states have cooperated in shutting down a suspected cell of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mallorca. Six people were arrested in Spain, the UK and Germany for suspicion of IS support, as reported by the Spanish Interior Ministry on Wednesday, 28 July.

The counter-terrorism investigation launched in 2015 was organised by the Spanish National Police in cooperation with security forces in Germany and Britain. Specifically, four people were arrested in the capital of Mallorca, Palma, and two more in Birmingham and Dortmund. The police forces cooperated using the EU agencies - Europol, Eurojust and the Sirene, which helped to share information. All six detainees were reported as having Moroccan or dual Moroccan nationality and allegedly produced and distributed violent videos with the goal of recruiting fighters for the IS and also used other forms of online radicalization of potential members. Spain continues to intensify the anti-jihadist raids and other counter-terrorism operations also outside of Spain, with 223 arrests since the beginning of 2015, followed by increasing the level of security alert to the second highest in June. In the United Kingdom, the number of terrorism arrests is even higher, during the 12 months to March this year, there were 304 detainees. The current terrorist attacks in Europe and radicalization, as well as the success of this multinational operation, show the need to share information and strengthen deep cooperation between the EU Member States. However, Brexit threatens British access to European security agencies or databases.

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