Terrorism and extremism weekly summary 4 - 10 September

Europe

Four men were arrested by the British police on Tuesday 5 September on suspicion of membership in the far-right neo-Nazi organisation National Action. The operations took place in Birmingham, Ipswich, Northampton and in the Powys region in Wales. Some of the arrested were soldiers on active duty. National Action is the first far-right organisation to be outlawed in Britain. The group, for example, condoned last year's murder of politician and MP Jo Cox by mentally unstable Thomas Mair. Since this incident, the British police reported that referrals relating to people suspected of far-right extremism increased more than twice.

On Thursday 7 September, the police detained two British citizens, aged 40 and 29, returning from Istanbul, Turkey, at the Birmingham airport. One of the men is suspected of being a member of a terrorist organisation, while the second one is suspected of helping and preparing terrorist activities.

French anti-terrorism police unit conducted a raid in the town of Villejuif, 8 km south of Paris, on Wednesday 6 September, and arrested two men. The reason for the arrests was suspicion of terrorist activities, as gas canisters and components for producing a TATP explosive were found in their apartment. TATP was used by terrorists in the Manchester attack in May or in the Paris attacks in 2015. According to the investigators, the men planned to attack local banks using the explosive.

According to the Swedish state prosecutor, a man, aged 35-40, suspected of planning a terrorist attack was arrested in the town of Kalmar in southern Sweden on Tuesday 5 September. The prosecutor did not give more specific information since the investigation is still ongoing. The man was to conduct his attack after 21 August.

The Spanish and Morrocan police broke up a radical Islamist cell in Morroco and the Spanish exclave of Melilla on Wednesday 6 September. According to the Spanish Interior Minister, the six-member group, composed of five Morrocans and one Spanish citizen, was planning large-scale violent attacks. The cell was also supposedly operating a re-education center for new recruits and used Islamic State's practices and propaganda for recruitment. Local police forces are on high alert since last month's Barcelona attack, so this is not the first time in the past two months that raids took place in Melilla - two men suspected of connections to terrorist groups were arrested there at the end of August

Middle East

Turkish anti-terrorism police units arrested three people suspected of connections to the so-called Islamic State during a raid in the Adana province in the south of the country on Friday 8 September. The group was allegedly working as recruiters for IS. Special forces and a police helicopter participated in the operation. Turkey strengthened its security measures and intensified its operations due to the fear that IS radicals could spread across the border to Turkey after being pushed out of their positions in Iraq. Turkey also worries about another terrorist attack similar to the one in Istanbul's Reina club, which killed 39 people.

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