Casa Amina was searched by police officers investigating its owner, Ben Amara. CARLOS MORET
Seven people have been arrested in an international operation to break up a terrorist cell linked to Al-Queda
An international police operation to break up a terrorist cell which recruits activists for three groups linked to Al-Queda has resulted in seven arrests - three in Morocco, three in Melilla and one in Malaga.
Last weekend a large group of plainclothes police officers staked out various parts of the Malaga districts of Las Delicias and La Paz which are located close to Carretera de Cádiz.
They were searching the premises, home and vehicles of one man, Chafik Jalel Ben Amara Elmedjeri, a Tunisian who runs a kebab shop called Casa Amina and who is believed to be responsible for creating false documents for the terrorist cell.
The raids and searches took almost an entire day with officers breaking down the door of Ben Amara’s home at first light and then searching the kebab shop, two vehicles and another business. Chafik Jalel Ben Amara Elmedjeri was then put into a police car to be driven to Madrid to make an official statement.
Many of the neighbours who witnessed the police operation said they were surprised because Ben Amara was an educated and agreeable man who had lived quietly in the area for 20 years. Others, however, pointed out that he had been accused in 2006 of belonging to an armed organisation.
Ben Amara’s wife, Amina, insists that he is innocent, saying, “It’s all lies, he is not a terrorist.”