Spain: 17 Muslim terrorists plotting attacks arrested in counter-terrorism operation
The Catalan police launched a counter-terrorism operation in Barcelona and the nearby city of Igualada on Tuesday against a terror cell of Muslim terrorists plotting a terror attack, a police spokesman said.
17 Muslim terrorists were arrested in Barcelona and Igualada, 40 miles west of the Catalan capital, as part of the counter-terrorism operation.
‘The goal of the terror cell was to attack but we are still investigating which places may have been targeted,’ the spokesman said.
Over 100 Police officers were taking part in the counter-terrorism operation launched by the Catalan police force at 6am, the Mossos stated on Twitter.
Police stormed five properties in Barcelona and a sixth in Igualada as part of the operation.
Armed officers, wearing black ski masks, stood guard outside a building in central Barcelona as boxes and bags were removed from an apartment.
Barcelona was on alert last month after the US State Department warned tourists planning to travel to Barcelona over the holiday season of an increased chance of a terrorist attack around Christmas and the New Year.
In August 2017, a Muslim terrorist rammed a van into pedestrians on La Rambla in Barcelona, murdering 13 people and injuring at least 130 others, one of the whom died 10 days later.
Nine hours after the Barcelona massacre, five Muslim terrorists members of the same terrorist cell rammed their car into pedestrians in nearby Cambrils, murdering one woman and injuring six others. All five of those terrorists were shot and killed by police.