Two arrested after anti-terrorism raid in Catalonia
Detainees accused of ‘condoning or glorifying terrorism’ as well as ‘promoting terrorist attacks’
Catalan police arrested two people in an anti-terrorism raid on Monday in the town of Sant Pere de Ribes, south of Barcelona. The two detainees were accused of condoning or glorifying terrorism, as well as publicly sharing content that promotes terrorist attacks, according to information shared on Twitter by the Catalonia’s own police corps, the Mossos d’Esquadra.
The first reports of the operation came out at 6am. “In the context of jihadist terrorism, several officers are carrying out house raids, and detentions are expected throughout the morning,” the Mossos tweeted. According to the police, the operation was the result of a two-month investigation into the managers of social media accounts that “glorified and condoned terrorist groups and actions in a coordinated way”.
The detentions came three months after jihadist terrorism took its toll in Catalonia in mid-August, when coordinated attacks in Barcelona and the seaside town of Cambrils left 17 people dead and more than a hundred wounded. All alleged members of the terrorist cell are either in custody or dead.