• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Spain seizes 20,000 military uniforms destined for Isis
Photo: Spanish National Police

Spain seizes 20,000 military uniforms destined for Isis

The Local · 4 Mar 2016, 09:11

Published: 04 Mar 2016 08:52 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2016 09:11 GMT+01:00

Spain's National Police reported on Thursday that officers had intercepted 20,000 uniforms and other military gear that were being sent to terror groups Isis and al-Nusra Front - the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.

"With nearly 20,000 uniforms and military accessories seized, they would have been able to equip an entire army, which would be perfectly prepared to enter combat in any of the centres of conflict where terrorist jihadist organizations operate in the world," the Interior Ministry reported on Thursday.

Police had discovered 5,000 kilos of equipment within three different shipping containers - two in Valencia and one in Algeciras - all linked to an international network of companies.

The containers had been declared as "second-hand clothing" so as not to raise suspicions during customs inspections, since one of the companies was listed for exporting and importing used clothes, the Interior Ministry explained. 

The uniforms were hidden among bundles of other kinds of clothing.

The containers had been seized as part of an operation last month when seven people were arrested for their financial and logistical support of the terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

The ministry said that the terror groups had established a network of suppliers worldwide who helped them restock technology, weapons and other military materials at "the best prices and quality of goods".

One of those arrested in February was a man who dispatched "military material, money, electronic and transmission material, firearms and precursors for making explosives" to Syria and Iraq via a company, the police statement said.

This was shipped out in closed containers under the guise of humanitarian aid, and financed by "hawala," an informal system of payment based on trust that is far more difficult to trace than bank transfers.

The leader of the network was in "constant" contact with a member of Isis, who repeatedly asked him to recruit women in order to marry them off to Isis jihadists in Syria, police said last month .

Story continues below…

"This police operation has meant the neutralization of a business scheme, very active and effective in its mission, whose end principal is to supply, preserve and strengthen the military structures of the terrorist organization DAESH [Isis] with constant provisions and continuous war materials, as well as to establish avenues for funding," the ministry wrote in a statement. 

With AFP

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.es)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Five reasons why Spain's Socialists won't back Rajoy
Pedro Sanchez has repeatedly said he won't support Rajoy. Photo: AFP

Have you been wondering why Spain's politicians can't break the deadlock?

Bull fatally gores Spaniard through the neck at fiesta
Bulls running through the streets form part of fiestas across Spain. Photo: AFP

A 36-year-old Spaniard died on Tuesday after being gored in the neck by a bull during a village fiesta.

Spain's Rajoy faces doomed parliament vote to form govt
Rajoy is lacking the support to form a government. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Spanish MPs were expected to slap down the acting prime minister's bid to form a government on Wednesday.

Spain's crazy fiestas boom after tomato fight's success
The Tomatina festival in Bunol has spawned copycats around Spain and beyond. Photo: Bien Alino/AFP

The popularity of the world's biggest food fight has spawned dozens of imitations across Spain and beyond.

Give Spain a government, Rajoy implores MPs
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy kisses Congress President Ana Pastor on arrival at the Spanish Congress. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister says Spain needs a government, and insists it should be led by him.

Human bones from 'religious ritual' found in the Med
The discoveries have been made off Calpe. Photo: Víctor Gutiérrez Navarro / Flickr

Police are investigating a series of bizarre discoveries by divers off Calpe that include human bones and items used in religious rituals in the Caribbean.

Hapless thief caught after FOUR hours trapped in hot car
Photo: Joan Carles Valero / ABC

Police rescued a thief after a robbery went wrong and he spent four hours trapped inside a car parked in the heat of the day in Barcelona

Christmas Day elections loom as opposition blocks govt deal
Rajoy has not got the support he needs to form a government. Photo: AFP

Spain could be heading for the polls on Christmas Day if Mariano Rajoy fails to win a confidence vote in Parliament today.

The ten commandments for expats living in Spain
Sometimes you just need to throw yourself into the local culture. Photo: AFP

Irish expat Carol Byrne outlines the ten golden rules you will need to follow to be a happy expat in Spain.

Madrid LGBT group takes action over ‘gay cure therapy’
Madrid introduced anti-homophobic laws earlier this month. Photo: AFP

A Spanish pressure group that fights against homophobia has filed a complaint against a therapist who offers “to cure homosexuality”.

Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Culture
La Tomatina: Everything you need to know about epic fiesta
National
Shocking video shows torture of young calf during fiesta
Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Politics
What political deadlock? Spain economy forges ahead
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Features
Eight reasons to spend your gap year exploring Spain
International
'We won't ban burqinis on our beaches' insists Barcelona
National
British dad drowns saving daughter on red flagged beach
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
National
11 Spanish words that English must adopt right now
Lifestyle
Justin Bieber just bought an amazing new pad in Lanzarote
Lifestyle
Recipe: How to make Andalusian Ajo Blanco soup
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
Travel
Keep passports safe: Typical pickpocket scams revealed
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Travel
Ten touristy types you'll meet in Spain: Which one are you?
Lifestyle
Ten top tips to avoid looking like a guiri when in Spain
International
Don't miss this spectacular meteor shower over Spain
Travel
Desperate Ryanair passenger chases after missed flight
Travel
What's on in Spain: August 2016
National
Get your kit off! Spain's ten best nudist beaches
National
German firestarter blames blaze on 'toilet paper mishap'
National
Flashmob prank sparks 'terror attack' panic in Spanish resort
Culture
Croquemon Go: Spain invents twist on game to 'eat 'em all'
Technology
Six free apps to simplify your summer in Spain
National
Spanish parents fight for right to name their son 'Wolf'
National
Beach closed after shark attack in southern Spain
3,105
jobs available