A SUSPECTED terrorist who was allegedly plotting to machine-gun tourists on a Benidorm beach has been arrested in Spain.
Cops seized the 26-year-old, who was said to have been inspired by the terror attacks carried out by ISIS in Europe.
3A suspected would-be terrorist plotted to machine-gun tourists in BenidormCredit: Alamy3Cops have arrested a 26-year-old Moroccan national3The man is alleged to have been inspired by ISIS attacks in EuropeThe suspect, a Moroccan national named locally as Fath Allah Benhachem Grarrass, was arrested following a raid in the Catalan city of Girona.
He is alleged to have tried to get hold of weapons to carry out a potential attack in Benidorm, the Costa Blanca resort beloved by Brit holidaymakers, a Spanish judge remanding him in prison on Friday said.
Reports claim he was planning to film his evil machine gun attack and post footage of it on social media networks run by ISIS, or Islamic State.
He is also said to have looked up how to make a peroxide based-explosive known as Mother of Satan on the Dark Web.
The material, also known as TATP, was previously used by ISIS terrorists in the deadly 2018 attacks in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas and nearby Cambrils.
Spanish Interior Ministry Sources claimed Grarrass regularly watched videos of Islamist extremist attacks in Europe to “improve his technique”.
One video of a stabbing on a train he allegedly watched 18 times.
He was arrested just two hours before another Moroccan national killed a man and wounded a priest in a horror machete attack on a church in Algeciras, close to Gibraltar.
It isn’t known if there is any link between the two attacks.
The FBI worked alongside Spanish cops and the Civil Guard to identify the man and make the arrest, a police spokesman revealed.
He said: “An individual of Moroccan origin with Spanish nationality has been arrested in Girona for his alleged links to terrorist crimes.”
The spokesman said that the suspect “was in an advanced stage of jihadist radicalisation and had a very violent and aggressive profile”.
He added: “He maintained active profiles on different social media platforms and used the Dark Web to advance his terrorist plans. He also used the Internet to show his support for ISIS and to obtain self-teach manuals about the use of weapons and explosives and to acquire weapons.
“Investigators also confirmed he viewed Islamic extremist attacks in Europe.
“The same day of his arrest he carried out online searches on how to carry out stabbings and other attacks with bladed weapons.
“International cooperation has been essential in this investigation with the FBI playing a vital role in identifying and neutralising this suspected terrorist.”
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