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Man jailed for terror plot in El Clasico soccer match – Reuters

Mohammed Yassi Amrani was ordered to fly a drone with explosives during a match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid

A former bar worker has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of planning a terror plot centered on football’s biggest club, El Clasico.

According to his indictment, Mohammed Yassi Amrani became a member of the Islamic State militant group during “a quick process” of radicalization in 2020.

After calling for “jihad” in a March 2020 Facebook post, we were then contacted by an Islamic State recruiter via Telegram messaging.

The recruiter asked Amrani to carry out an attack in order to “to purify his life and ensure him a place in paradise” after drinking alcohol and rejecting religion in the past.

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This reportedly involved flying a drone packed with explosives over Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s home, as they were in action against bitter rivals Real Madrid and then detonating the device.

Known as El Clasico, the match between Spain’s La Liga giants is considered the greatest in club football and is often enjoyed by vast television audiences.

Last March, Spanish daily AS reported that more than 650 million people tuned in to the latest editions of the game.

It was unclear when Amrani was to lead the attack, given that Spain was in a pandemic lockdown – with football matches suspended – at the time he was recruited by Islamic State.

Apparently living in Barcelona, ​​Armani was arrested in May 2020 by police who searched his property.

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On Monday this week, the Spanish National Court sentenced him to three years in prison for planning an attack “following an agreement from all sides”according to a court spokesperson.

Amrani’s plot was not the first time the 99,000-capacity Camp Nou stadium, the biggest in Europe, has been targeted by terrorists.

In August 2017, he listed the jihadist cell that killed 16 people in downtown Barcelona and the seaside town of Cambrils in Catalonia in two-vehicle attacks.


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