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article imageMallorca police nab 'radical' hairdresser as suspected terrorist

By Anne Sewell     Jun 15, 2013 in Crime
Alcudia - A German national of Tunisian descent was arrested on Thursday after claiming he had been sent by Allah to "kill all the Spanish." The alleged terrorist was arrested in Alcúdia, Mallorca, and charged with a number of crimes.
The "radical" hairdresser apparently also said that he had "terrorist friends who could plant bombs" and added: "I don't mind dying; if I have to die, I'll die, but I'll take plenty of others with me."
According to an official report from the Baleares Civil Guard, the accused was a student of a well-known hairdressing academy in Palma, the capital of the island of Mallorca.
The report said that, "He became radicalized in the last year after making a trip to his country of origin," and further pointed out that he had made "constant threats of death and references to being a Muslim." The report also stated that he had said that, "Soon the Muslims will be the kings of the world."
The suspect was arrested previously, on February 15th, for trying to attack a local policeman. He apparently followed the police officer's vehicle, attempting to crash into it, and then threatened to kill the officer.
During the past week, he is said to have threatened to "blow up the hairdressing academy and kill everyone" and to kill one of the center's administrators, while holding scissors to her neck.
When police officers searched the man's apartment, they discovered a Samurai sword, documents in Arabic about the forgiveness of sins and also material considered by the police to show "signs or evidence of family tensions or changes in behavior, withdrawal and social polarization".
There were also reportedly self-help books for low self-esteem.
All of the evidence, together with constant references to his radical religious ideology, have resulted in his arrest. The man is accused of crimes of threatening agents of authority, attempted homicide with aggravating circumstances of acting for reasons of discrimination, relating to ideology, religion, beliefs or the nation.
The image below shows the Samurai sword and other personal effects found in the home of the suspected terrorist:
Belongings of a suspected terrorist arrested in Mallorca.
Belongings of a suspected terrorist arrested in Mallorca.
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