Spain has sentenced over 200 jihadists since the 2004 train bombing in Madrid

Spain has convicted over 200 jihadists since the 2004 Madrid train bombings and has seen far fewer radical Islamic terrorist attacks compared to other European countries in recent years.

Since 2004, Spanish authorities have arrested and sentenced over 200 jihadists, which according to a report from the newspaper El Mundoperhaps explains the relatively low number of attacks in the country.

Spain has seen comparatively fewer radical Islamic terrorist attacks compared to other major European countries, such as France and Germany, with the most recent attack taking place in 2017 in Barcelona, ​​where 13 people were killed and 130 others were injured.

The deadliest, however, was the 2004 Madrid train bombings, in which al-Qaeda-linked terrorists killed 193 people and injured another 2,000, making it one of the deadliest attacks in Europe since the turn of the millennium.

While some criminal cases have often led to acquittals of those involved, experts in the fight against terrorism believe that the cases have still managed to prevent those who may have engaged in terrorism.

Spain has also changed its laws and criminal code to allow terror convictions to be applied to those who were simply radicalized but had not carried out an attack or even taken real steps to carry one out.

Despite this alleged success, earlier this week a Moroccan knifeman killed one person after carrying out attacks on two different Roman Catholic churches in Algeciras on Wednesday night. Investigators are still trying to determine whether the attacker was motivated by radical Islamic extremist ideologies.

The attacker, 25-year-old Moroccan national Yasine Kanjaa, targeted priests in the churches, killing sacristan Diego Valencia and injuring several others, including a priest who was stabbed in the neck and shoulder.

If the attack is determined to be Islamic terrorism, it would not only be the first terrorist attack in Spain since 2017, but it would also be the first “lone wolf attack” that has become common in neighboring France and in Germany.

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