The National Police in Spain have struck a blow to the jihadist organisations Islamic State and Jabhat Al Nusra by dismantling an organised network that was supplying them.
The network was based in Alicante Province where five of the gang were arrested. The ringleader lived in nearby Crevillent.
Under the guise of humanitarian aid, the group have been sending military equipment, money, electronics and transmission equipment, firearms and materials used to produce explosives since at least 2014 when the investigation began.
At our first house in Moreton on the Wirral we had an IRA terrorist cell just around the corner. One night, at about 2:30am, all hell let loose. There was a police helicopter above shining its light down on us and chaos reigned in the road as police conducted a raid on the house where bomb making materials were found.
Up until that point, nobody was aware that we had neighbours engaged in such activity, it came as a complete shock to all of us. We, like I imagine the people in Crevillent, were relieved that the police had dealt with the situation.