Netherlands hands extremist suspect to Spain

The Netherlands extradited Pakistani national Akeel Abassi to Spain, where he faces allegations of belonging to an extremist Islamic group. Abassi fled spain in January following the dismantling of a group of militants in Barcelona. Authorities say the man traveled from Spain to Germany to carry out a suicide attack, but left for Netherlands without carrying out such actions. Abassi is one of eleven Islamists charged by Spain’s High Court in June.

One trail of Barcelona terrorist cell “leads to Frankfurt”

A group of Islamist extremists in Frankfurt were planning an attack in Germany, according to a would-be suicide bomber captures in Spain. Testimony from the informant, who was captured after he arrived in Barcelona on January 16th, led to the arrest of 14 South Asians after he told police an Islamist extremist cell planned to attack the city’s metro and other targets in Europe. He also told police that the members were to travel to Frankfurt to meet up with a group planning an attack. However, the plan was changed, and another member of the Barcelona cell, Akeel Abassi, was sent to Frankfurt alone on January 18th; Abassi is currently being sought by police.