A group of five people from Algeria were arrested by Spanish police in Barcelona and Madrid on suspicion of “belonging to a terrorist organization”. One of the men, called “Sheikh” by others, was an international recruiter for Daesh, according to Spanish media.
The Spanish police announced that they had arrested this group of 5 suspected jihadists after having carried out an investigation since December. Out of the group, 4 of them were arrested between January and March in this operation called ARBAC.
Four of them resided in Barcelona while a 5th was in an internment center for foreigners (CIE) in Madrid. The arrests began since the police services “detected the entry into Spain of a suspected member of the Islamic State”.
The man in question, presented as the “coordinator”, is an Algerian resident in Algeria but who traveled a lot was called “Sheikh” by others. He is accused of “active indoctrination”.
In 2016, the Algerian was arrested in Turkey while trying to reach Syria, before being released. Since then, he has visited several countries such as Malaysia and Tanzania to recruit new Daesh members, according to Spanish media.
Arrived in Spain at the beginning of the year, the alleged “recruiter” was arrested in March by the police, following an attempt to purchase a Kalashnikov assault rifle by this group. Several weapons were discovered during the searches, including machetes and cartridges.