THREE Moroccan men, said to have radicalised one of their countrymen, and suspected of recruiting, financing and concealing terrorism, have been arrested by National Police in a San Isidro meeting place and telephone centre, run by the trio.

Their locale also contained a small mosque at the rear of the premises, to which they attracted many people, encouraging them to practise the jihadist vows and customs.

The trio, aged 27, 35 and 37 respectively, who had radicalised the Moroccan jihadist over a long period, befriended him and financed a trip to Syria for him.

They had persuaded him to join the Al Nusra terrorist group, a Salafist jihadist organisation, fighting in the Syrian Civil War, and hoped he would establish an Islamic state in the country.

The 35-year-old did go to Syria, in 2013, and they were able to keep in contact with him, regularly. But, two years later, he returned to Tenerife with severe, battlefield injuries, including the loss of his left hand, and damage to both ankles.

The three recruiters realised that his injuries would have made it impossible for him to stay in Syria, which is why he returned to Tenerife, sneaking in illegally, via a migrant boat.

He was supported, financially, by his mentors, who also kept him under cover. But they realised that the task was proving just as difficult as it was for them, to hide their connections with Jihadist terrorism.

They decided, jointly, that he should leave the Canary Islands and join other refugees from Syria and Libya across Europe, with the use of false documentation.

But, while in central Europe, the man was arrested in Budapest for attempting to use false names to make a money transfer. He was later extradited to a Moroccan location.

During his time in Syria, the man transformed himself physically, specifically on his face. The word Zabiba was embedded on his forehead, in reverse, presumably, because he had his head on a prayer mat, constantly!

The current operation, surrounding the three Moroccans, was carried out by Tenerife’s National Police and the Comisaría General de Información, in collaboration with  Europol, its European Counter-Terrorism Centre.

Overall, four specialists were sent to Tenerife and Madrid, in support of the Spanish authorities, to carry out forensic analysis.

Canarian police undertook two house searches, and the investigation was conducted and supervised by the national courts.

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