Spanish anti-jihadist hotline turns up 29 'suspects' in first 24 hours

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Spanish anti-jihadist hotline turns up 29 'suspects' in first 24 hours
Spanish police at the house of a Moroccan woman suspected of recruiting for Isis. File photo: AFP

Spain's intelligence agency received a "multitude" of calls during the first 24 hours of a new campaign in which Spaniards can anonymously report people they suspect of jihadist activity.


Spain’s intelligence services are investigating 29 reports of people engaging in suspected jihadist activity, one day after the launch of a new campaign to help people report suspected jihadists, reported the country’s Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz. 

"If you have information on any kind of radicalization or extremist behaviour contact us"

Díaz confirmed on Saturday that 29 of the "multitude" of reports received were being followed up after being analyzed and filtered out from the rest of the calls for being "especially sensitive".

The Spanish government launched the campaign - Stop Radicalism - on Friday to "involve the whole of society in the fight against brutality" according to Díaz, who added that the campaign would be integral to detecting radicalization in Spain. 

The launch came a fortnight after jihadists killed 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris. 

The website for the new Stop Radicalism campaign is available in Spanish and Arabic. 

There are three ways people can anonymously report possible cases: by calling 900 822 066, via the campaign website and on the mobile app alertcops. 

During the current parliament, Spain has arrested 172 suspected terrorists, while this year alone, 98 suspected jihadists have been arrested by anti-terrorist agents. 




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