Soldier held over Islamist videos: Spanish police

18th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

A solider and his girlfriend, who allegedly posted 11 videos on the Internet calling for Islamist attacks in Spain, have been arrested.

MADRID – Spanish police said Tuesday they have arrested a soldier and his girlfriend for posting videos on the Internet calling for Islamist attacks in Spain.

The two were accused of posting 11 videos "to encourage the Muslim world to stage terrorist attacks in Spain," and having been in contact with around 200 radical Islamists on the Internet, police said in a statement.

The pair had issued "nostalgic appeals for the liberation of Al-Andalus," the Arabic name for the parts of the Iberian peninsula that were under Muslim, or Moorish, control for almost 800 years until the late 15th century.

"This activity was aimed at increasing the threat in our country by groups and terrorist elements linked to the 'global jihad'," the police said.

An intelligence report, quoted by the El Pais newspaper, said Spain remains a target for Al-Qaeda in October 2007 four years after the Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people.

[AFP / Expatica]

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