NewsHighly radicalized" Syrian teen plotting school bombing detained in Spain

Highly radicalized" Syrian teen plotting school bombing detained in Spain

Spanish police. Illustrative photo.
Spanish police. Illustrative photo.
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7:41 AM EST, January 24, 2024

As of Tuesday, according to the Spanish Supreme Court's decision, the Syrian teen is temporarily in custody for six months. He is suspected of being sympathetic towards the Islamic State, being a member of a terrorist organization, and planning a bomb attack on his secondary school.

Supporting the decision to detain the minor, Judge Jose Luis de Castro emphasized that the alleged acts were "crimes of great gravity". The Judge pointed out that the suspect was "highly radicalized, had a military obsession, regularly wore camouflage outfits, and held extremely homophobic and anti-Semitic views". He had also pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State on social media.

He announced attack through WhatsApp

According to the judge, the 17-year-old was testing homemade bombs in the field last Sunday. The resulting explosions could be heard from afar.

Meanwhile, EFE, the state news agency, reports that the Syrian teen sent a WhatsApp message to several classmates warning them, "Tomorrow is the big day." After hearing of this, some parents, fearing for their children's safety, did not allow them to go to school on Monday. The following morning, the 17-year-old was taken into custody by the police.

For the last two years, he had lived in Montellano, in the province of Seville, with his mother and 10-year-old sister. The family had been granted refugee status coming from Syria.

Source: The Times of Israel

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