July 9, 2014
Right now there are 837 terrorism investigations underway in Spain, of which 368 involve Islamist groups, according to counter-terrorism sources.
The Interior Ministry considers that the risk of a new Islamist attack in Spain is “high,” and the government has activated a Level 2 alert because of the “probable risk of an attack.”
The main hubs of radical Islam activities are in Catalonia, the Mediterranean and the exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa. The greatest threat comes from local self-radicalized groups and lone wolves, who find inspiration in the idea of global jihad preached by Al Qaeda. But authorities are chiefly concerned about Islamist combatants returning home after fighting in Syria and Mali.
March 20, 2014
Between fifty to a hundred Spanish individuals are believed to have joined jihadist groups. Most of them come from Ceuta and Melilla, where networks are working to recruit and dispatch Jihadist volunteers.
The route from Syria to Spain via Ceuta begins with the transfer by ferry to Algeciras and then by taking a plane to Istanbul from Malaga or Madrid. Once in Turkey , internal flights take them to the border province of Hatay. From this point on, Jihadists groups, such as Jabhat al Nusra or The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are in charge of bringing them into Syria.
One of the Ceutis that did this route was Rachid Wahbi who along with five other boys of the autonomous city, left for Syria. This taxi driver was 33 years old when he immolated himself in a suicide attack with a truck full of explosives into the headquarters of the Army of Al Assad in the city of Idlib , as evidenced in a video posted on the Internet .
March 14, 2014
The Spanish and Moroccan police have dismantled the most active jihadist cell in Spain, responsible for recruiting volunteers for the ” jihad ” terrorist groups and integrated into the orbit of Al Qaeda. Seven people, including the head of the network , have been arrested in this operation , developed in Melilla ( three detainees ), Morocco ( three ) and Malaga (one).
The leader, Mustafa Maya Amaya, is of Spanish Belgian origin and resident in Melilla. Maya Amaya , considered the ” main driving force ” of the network , had previously selected two French citizens, who he would then prepare for immediate march to Syria.
Nowadays, Maya Amaya was responsible for organizing, coordinating and sending jihadists to Syria, to assure flights, accommodation and the shipment of funds.
La Razon: http://www.larazon.es/detalle_normal/noticias/5839939/un-espanol-dirigia-la-celula-yihadista-hispano-marroqui-desmantelada#Ttt1kJcIk7O9J92M
January 12, 2014
The President of the political party, Populars in Freedom, Ignacio Velazquez, declared that he has requested the Civil Guard to investigate whether there is any complicity between the government of the City and the Jihadi group, Takfir Wal Hijra. According to him, some services and municipal works in the Canada de Hidum area are controlled by so-called “bearded” men. Members of this group seem also to be the beneficiaries of government funds.
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02 June 2013
Spain, far from being an exception, is a fertile ground for Salafi jihadism.
Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia)( UNED), Carlos Echeverria says that Spain is a very attractive countries for lone wolfes Islamic radicals, Professor Echeverria remembered that at least two of the last calls of Ayman al Zawahiri, current head of Al Qaeda, were directly urging Muslims to strike at Al-Andalus, concretly Ceuta and Melilla. “Spain has the specificity that it was Muslim land and therefore must be retrieved from the invaders.. In his opinion, it is very difficult to establish the specific scenario of a potential attack. However, Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish cities on Moroccan territories are places to watch: since they have been the place for jihadi going to fight in Syria against the Assad regime.
In Mellila, the radicalization is visible in the street.
”Three years ago appeared the first woman covered from head to toe, something that had never been seen here. Now there may be more than 70 burkas “says that source who prefers anonymity.
17 February 2013
In Melilla resides a total of 31,276 Spanish Muslims, making it 6% of all those living in Spain, according to “Demographic Study of the Muslim population ‘for the year 2012, published by the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (UCIDE), the Andalusian Observatory and assembled through data obtained from the different regional Institutions and Ministries of Interior, Justice and Education. The number of Muslims grew throughout 2012 in both Spanish autonomous cities (Ceuta and Melilla), as seen by comparing the UCIDE study of this year with the one of last year.
15 October 2012
102 people left from Melilla to Nador yesterday, to catch the bus that will take them to Rabat and then, towards Mecca. The trip was organized by the Andalusian Committee and paid by the Kingdom of Morocco.
24 September 2012
The Islamic Commission of Melilla (CIM) has called for a demonstration on Saturday to protest against the movie and the cartoons that offend the Prophet Muhammad. The protest, which will leave at 18.00 from the Central Mosque to the Plaza of Spain, will be supported by the main opposition party in the Assembly of the Autonomous City, the Coalition for Melilla (CPM).
24 May 2012
Coalition for Melilla (CPM), the main opposition party constituted by a Muslim majority, called today for an increase in the number of Islamic religious teachers who teach in inner cities of Melilla, since the actual number does not cover the demand for this type of education.
At a press conference, the Deputy Mohamed Abdelrrahim CPM noted that currently there are eleven teachers of Islamic religion, though it would be necessary to reach 20.
11 May 2012
Coming from Seville, Professor at the University Pablo de Olavide, Manuel Ricardo Torres Soriano, offered yesterday at the UNED a conference on the danger of terrorist organizations where he answered some questions about this subject:
Q -Do Ceuta and Melilla have to be especially concerned?
A- Terrorism affects mainly Algeria, which has numerous criminal organizations, then it is true that there are terrorist activities in Morocco and Mauritania but with less intensity. Ceuta and Mellia is part of these organizations radical discourse as a vindication and as an attempt to legitimize their aspirations expelling the alleged Western invasion of a territory they consider Islamic.
Q- What role must Spain play?
A – There must be cooperation among democratic countries, wherever part of the world they are from, and all together we may reach a successful conclusion.