Spanish police arrest Muslim terrorist from Morocco for the planned massacre of thousands of Christians who come out to attend the Semana Santa Holy Week parade in Andalucia.
TheOlivePress (h/t Maria J) The unnamed Moroccan Muslim was cuffed by an anti-terrorism operation in Morocco after reportedly plotting to carry out an attack in the Andalucian capital. Policia Nacional, who ran the joint operation with police in Morocco, are raiding his home as the investigation develops.
It comes after Spain’s interior ministry agreed to ramp up security efforts last week. More resources were given to anti-terrorism cops while extra numbers have been called in to monitor the Easter parades.
Each major city in the country is receiving additional and catered security measures. These mainly include extra numbers at transport hubs, religious monuments and at events with a large amounts of people.
Sevilla’s Semana Santa is one of the most massively attended Christian religious events in the world with well over one million joining the parades.
UPDATE A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Morocco, in a joint anti-terrorist operation with Spain, over an alleged plan to attack Spain’s Holy Week festivities.
The suspect’s name is Zouhair el Bouhdidi and he is a student at the University of Seville. According to police sources in Spain, the young man was preparing an imminent attack against the processions of Holy Week in Seville, one of the most important events of the Catholic calendar. According to the newspaper El Confidencial, el Bouhdidi has already confessed to the Moroccan police his plans to commit a “large-scale massacre” in the Andalusian city. The Spanish secret services had reportedly been following him for several weeks.