Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Muslim terrorism in Europe: Spanish police have detained an Algerian and a Moroccan suspected of having tried to join a branch of al Qaeda in Mali during that African country's Islamic insurgency
The detentions followed a yearlong Spanish investigation aided by authorities in France and Morocco, police said. It was the latest crackdown in Western European countries, including Belgium and France, against Muslim residents who are sympathetic to jihadist organizations and who have traveled to countries where al Qaeda-linked militias operate. Some of those have made their way to Syria, others to Mali. Spanish police detained Nou Mediouni, an Algerian, in the northern Spanish city of Zaragoza. He had left for Mali to join al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, but had been forced by unspecified police restrictions in Africa to return to Spain. The other detainee, Hassan el Jaaouani of Morocco, was arrested in Murcia, in southern Spain, after contacting an Islamist recruiter from Mali. Both men in detention had visited Islamist Web pages and online forums.