Why Spain is a fertile ground for terrorists

Barcelona van assault is a result of the enduring jihadi networks in the region

The family of the missing man who police believe may have killed 13 people by driving a van into pedestrians in central Barcelona on Thursday have spoken out, blaming his radicalisation on a local imam. Video: Reuters

Last week’s terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils were predictable – Spanish security and intelligence officials had recently warned of the likelihood of such an attack. A small but resilient extremist element exists within Spain’s large North African diaspora.

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