Sunday, July 5, 2015
'High risk of terror attack' in Spain: Int. minister.
'High risk of terror attack' in Spain: Int. minister. (France24).
Spain is facing its highest level of terror threat since 2004 because of the danger posed by jihadists, said the country's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz on Sunday.
"We are at the maximum alert level since the attacks of March 11, 2004 in Madrid," said Fernandez Diaz in an interview published Sunday, referring to the attacks that left 191 dead and nearly 2,000 injured.
The minister said he did not want to incite panic, but "the level 4 alert (out of a maximum of 5) corresponds to a reality".
The risk is heightened particularly because the head of Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, recently urged the mujahideen to commit attacks in their countries for the one-year anniversary of the jihadist organisation, said the minister.
There has been a lot of activity since on social networks, he said, without giving details.
Some 116 people have left Spain to fight alongside IS jihadists, with 16 people registered as having since returned. Hmmm.....holiday makers on Spanish beaches better start looking out.