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Spain: alleged “sleeper” agent of the Islamic State detained on suspicion of preparing an attack

An Iraqi man was detained in Esslingen, on the outskirts of Stuttgart, for questioning on suspicion of having prepared an attack. Authorities say he has belonged to ISIS since 2016.

An alleged “sleeper” agent of the Islamic State was arrested this Thursday in Germany. The man, of Iraqi nationality and introduced as Mahmoud A., was detained by the authorities in Esslingen, on the outskirts of Stuttgart, for interrogation on suspicion of having prepared an attack.

To the German press, investigators guarantee that the suspect arrived in Germany in October 2022 and has been affiliated with the group since 2016. Nancy Faeser, German Minister of the Interior, guaranteed that the “security authorities are on alert”, following “all the complaints.”

Thomas Haldenwang, head of Germany’s internal intelligence service (BfV), said that terrorist threats have increased in recent months, due to Arab tensions caused by Israeli attacks in Gaza.

Source: Observadora

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