AP discovers that jihad groups are united by ideology.
In a coordinated strike across Europe, police arrested 17 suspected Islamic militants, including an alleged mastermind of the Madrid train bombings who authorities say was planning further attacks, officials said Tuesday.
Fifteen people, mostly Palestinian, Jordanian, Moroccan and Egyptian nationals, were arrested in raids on about 10 locations in Brussels and Antwerp, said Daniel Bernard, Belgian federal prosecutor.
Italian police picked up two suspects, including a 33-year-old Egyptian described as the ringleader who allegedly helped plan the March 11 attacks in Madrid that killed 191 people.
The suspect, identified as Rabei Osman Ahmed – also known as “Mohammed the Egyptian” – was arrested Monday night near his apartment in the northern outskirts of Milan in an operation that involved dozens of police.
The operation “confirms the welding that took place between holy war groups of various geographical origins,” said Carlo De Stefano of the Milan police. These groups “are united not only by a single project of attack on the West and on the symbols representing it, but also by the actual sharing of resources and operational experiences.”
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