Internet messages that support Jihadist terrorism

ONLINE THREAT: Potential ‘lone wolves’ are using the internet to promote.

THE Ministry of the Interior has confirmed that they have detected about 30 messages on the internet that support Jihad after the recent arrest in Gandia of a woman accused of supporting a terrorist organisation and spreading its radical views.
Police are attempting to detect and prevent the spread of lone wolves operating in the province and throughout Spain, however this is becoming more difficult as messages and accounts on social networks are being encrypted to avoid detection.

It is believed that some 100,000 tweets are sent on Twitter each day by radicals linked to ISIS. Interpol suggests that Jihadist terrorism is one of the gravest threats to Spanish society today, with many experts from Guardia Civil and National Police now focusing their efforts on combatting the danger.

The Ministry for State Security in Spain says that around 500 internet users are being monitored by the security forces for their support of Jihadism. Arrests have increased from 36 in one year to 38 in three months of people accused of having ties with Islamic terrorism, with 30 of those from the region.

Agents monitor messages on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, like those that appeared after Jihadist Raja Aasemy was arrested in Gandia, many of which were aimed at the police forces.

The main fear is that many of those recruited by Islamists via the internet can become lone wolves and police say they then become more difficult to detect and control

The Attorney General stresses that the high level of terrorist threat requires an increase in the number of specialised prosecutors available in Spain.

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