Friday, December 11, 2015

Man linked to 'Jihad Jane' detained in Spain

Barcelona (AFP) - Spain on Friday said it had detained an alleged jihadist wanted by Washington for conspiring with a woman known as "Jihad Jane" to recruit people online for attacks in Europe and South Asia.

Ali Charaf Damache, who holds both Algerian and Irish nationality, was detained on Thursday in Barcelona, said Jordi Jane, who heads interior matters for the regional government.

"Regional police located and detained an alleged jihadist who was the subject of an international search warrant issued by Interpol US," he told reporters.

US officials say Damache worked with Colleen LaRose -- a Pennsylvania woman who converted to Islam and took the name Jihad Jane -- and others to create a "violent jihad organisation" with men and women from Europe and the United States.