‘Most dangerous jihadist in Spain’ arrested

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Ahmed Samsam

A DANISH MAN arrested in Spain on suspicion of fighting with Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria was planning to buy weapons in the country, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Ahmed Samsam, 27, who was detained last Friday in Malaga and put under official investigation last weekend, is suspected of having fought in the ranks of ISIS for more than three years.

In a statement, the ministry said photos posted on social networks showed him holding weapons and explosives, along with symbols of the jihadist group, whose control over parts of Syria and Iraq is being eroded by US-backed fighters in Syria and Iraqi forces respectively.

‘An expert in handling weapons and explosives, he was about to acquire weapons and bulletproof vests in Spain,’ it said.

Police have not said whether the suspect planned to commit an attack in Spain.

The interior ministry said last Saturday that officers were searching seized equipment in order to shed light on his intentions and find out who he had been in contact with.

According to the ministry, Samsam’s relatives thought ‘he was ready to take a step further in his terrorist activity in Europe’.

‘The fact that he returned from a conflict zone, combined with his experience in using arms and explosives, as well as the important degree of radicalisation and his current interest in buying weapons make him one of the most dangerous jihadists among those arrested in Spain,’ it said.

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