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The Guardia Civil has detained four members of a clandestine network supporting Daesh

The relationship of the four arrested in Almería and Coruña with the arrival of Jihadist terrorists in Paris in November 2015 is being investigated.

The anti-terrorism service of the Guardia Civil has detained early this morning four presumed members of an irregular immigration network used by Daesh. Two were captured Arteixo and Tufions-Vimianzo (both in A Coruña) and the other two in Almería on the orders of the central instruction court 2 of the National Court.


One of the arrests – Photo Guardia Civil

According to the Interior Ministry, the network had maintained contacts with the four in custody who operated the so-called ‘Syrian refugees route’ between Turkey and Eastern Europe.
It’s the same framework as used in October 2015, by diverse members of ISIL to enter Europe, coinciding with the authors of the Paris attacks during November last year.

The detectives of the Guardia Civil noted those held in custody had been in contact, both before and after terrorist attacks; when one of the terrorist was detained in Salzburg a month after. This framework was responsible for the disembarking of 200 migrants, on the Greek island of Leros, on October 3 2015.

‘From the roots of the Paris investigation, the specialists in the Information Service of the Guardia Civil tried to determine whether these contacts were linked to terrorism or just involved in irregular immigration’, noted the Interior Ministry.

Since 2015, the year when the Interior Ministry lifted the threat level to 4, the State Security Forces and Brigade have detained a total of 168 jihadist terrorists.