ORGANIZED CRIME

Ceuta crime investigation yields weapons cache and Islamic State flag

But Civil Guard investigators in Spanish exclave city still reluctant to tie the find to terrorism

The view from atop Monte Chico, site of the crime-ridden neighborhood of El Príncipe in Ceuta.
The view from atop Monte Chico, site of the crime-ridden neighborhood of El Príncipe in Ceuta.

The Spanish Civil Guard have found a weapons cache and “an Islamic State flag” in Ceuta, an exclave city located on the northern coast of Africa.

The discovery was made near the neighborhood of El Príncipe, a crime-ridden slum that has been described as Spain’s most dangerous neighborhood.

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The armament included four handguns, two submachine guns and several knives. Sources familiar with the investigation said that the submachine guns are similar to Israeli-made weapons found on other occasions in Ceuta.

The find was made as part of an investigation into an organized gang with ties to the drug trade. As such, investigators were reluctant to link it directly to Islamic terrorism, although they are not ruling it out because of the flag that was found nearby.

The operation was conducted by the Civil Guard’s information services in Ceuta in cooperation with the authorities in Madrid.

English version by Susana Urra.

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