A Moroccan man has been arrested on the Costa del Sol for being loyal to the so-called Islamic State and being willing to carry out terrorist attacks in Spain.
The 27-year-old Moroccan national was arrested in the municipality of Manilva in the southern Spanish province of Malaga in the Andalusia region for his participation in the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.
According to official sources, the suspect had sworn loyalty and obedience to IS and its leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.
Local media report swearing loyalty to IS is often a precursor for European nationals committing terror attacks in the name of the group and police sources claim the Moroccan was willing to “carry out terror actions within Spanish borders”.
The suspect was reportedly in contact with several members for the terrorist organisation in Syria and wanted to travel to the Middle Eastern country but could not do so because of problems with IS in Syria and a lack of money to take care of his family in Spain.
The investigation reportedly found the suspect was contacting IS recruiters in Syria who were seeking to further radicalise him and had made calls for jihad to be carried out.
One of the contacts has been given the initials M.L. in reports and is said to have posted threats against Spain on social media due to the country’s participation in the coalition fighting IS.
The investigation is ongoing and it is unclear if the suspect has been charged.