Extremism comes to Ibiza

Guardia Civil, San Antonio

In a worrying turn of events 2 Moroccan nationals, acting as Imams have been arrested today in a major operation in San Antonio for supporting the terrorist group DAESH also known as Islamic state.

Investigations have allegedly shown that the detainees aged 31 and 35 began to increase their activity on the Internet and social media  in 2012, coinciding with the Arab Spring phenomenon and the mass exodus of foreign fighters to join the ranks of the terrorist group DAESH in Syria and Iraq. 

Allegedly one of the detainees used his personal profile on Facebook as a platform to spread DAESH propaganda publicly showing his support for the terrorist group and also facilitating access to extreme material such as videos and links to various publications. 

Both the arrested favour the radical Salafi ideology, fostering feelings of hatred, segregation and violence against those they call “enemies of Islam” whilst praising those who have decided to travel to different parts of the world to “do jihad” and joining the ranks of DAESH.

As part of this operation, one of the main things that concerned investigators was the influence that both individuals had on the members of the Islamic community on the island especially children attending their classes in the mosque.

Since 2015 there has now been 156 jihadist arrests in Spain according to the Ministry of the Interior.

Source: Nou Diari

Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

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