Jihadist who Planned to Attack US Diplomats Arrested in Colombia

The National Police has encouraged the arrest in Colombia of RGS, a 45-year-old Cuban jihadist living in this South American country who said he had a plan to attack with explosives in a well-known restaurant area of Bogota, the capital, frequented by people attached to the US embassy, as reported by the Interior Ministry on Thursday.

The collaboration of agents of the General Police Information Office of the National Police has facilitated the arrest of this man due to threats against the civilian population and the indoctrination he manifested in favor of the terrorist organization the Islamic States.

Thanks to the permanent monitoring carried out in social networks by the investigators of the National Police, it was possible to detect the activity of the detainee on the Internet. The jihadist had openly stated at the end of February to have a plan and to have in his possession different types of explosives prepared to attack in that area of restaurants, according to Interior.

During the month that the investigation lasted from its location, the agents have found that the detainee was immersed in a profound process of indoctrination and that he had experienced a progressive radicalization. His physical appearance, for example, had undergone a transformation in recent months and appeared with clothing associated with a radical aesthetic. In addition, he included the word “jihadist” in his username on social networks.

Given the good relationship with other foreign services, the General Information Office warned and established a joint mechanism with the Colombian National Police and the FBI to locate, arrest and bring the detainee to justice, which was carried out in the past. Monday in Pereira, a municipality of just under half a million inhabitants in western Colombia. The operation has counted with the collaboration of the Ministry of the Interior in the Spanish embassy in Bogotá.

A large number of mobile phones, a computer and several memory storage devices have been intervened in the prisoner’s home. According to Interior, this joint operation has meant “the early neutralization of a real danger against the civilian population” and “is a sign of the commitment of the General Information Commissioner to international cooperation between foreign police services, a key pillar of work before the global and transnational threat that jihadist terrorism implies “.

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