Police arrest nine people after Islamic State 'ordered terrorists to shoot Real Madrid footballers and attack their stadium with explosives'

Monday, June 17, 2024 - Nine people have been arrested after Islamic State terrorists were ordered to shoot at Real Madrid players, according to reports from Spain after the Civil Guard dismantled one of the organisation's propaganda centres.

According to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, the self-styled I'lam Foundation - one of the biggest Propaganda sources connected with Islamic State - was taken down by the Spanish Civil Guard Information Service.

The report claims that the operation uncovered a number of orders directed at Real Madrid, the Santiago Bernabeu, and Los Blancos fans.

A post was circulated on the now dismantled network, accompanied by the message: 'My dear brother. Wait in a place near the arrival point of the players. Aim at them along with their supporters.'

Another post was reportedly more directed at the Santiago Bernabeu, saying: 'My dear brother in Al-Andalus. A very valuable target awaits you.

'Break through the crowds, distract security with improvised explosives and decoy devices, and advance towards your main target with determination.'

The operation from the Civil Guard was carried out in cooperation with Europol, the FBI, and the authorities from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Estonia, Romania, and Iceland.

It has yielded nine arrests in Spain, as per El Confidencial, from Girona, Cadiz, Almeria, and Tenerife, two of which proceeded to pre-trial detention.

According to Sky Italy, investigations began months ago and included the seizure of computers and propaganda material, and those arrested were accused of terrorism and criminal conspiracy. 

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