The secrets of the Cuban sympathizer of Isis arrested in Bogotá

Google translated from Spanish:

WEEK reveals unknown details of this man arrested for planning attacks in the capital. Who are the men with whom he exchanged the messages that alerted the Spanish National Guard, the FBI and the Colombian Police?

The Spanish Civil Guard and the American FBI had no doubt that the Cuban Raul Gutiérrez Sánchez was a lone wolf. Terrorism experts refer to those people who without the need to belong organically to an organization have a personality that allows them to be easily manipulated to commit a terrorist act.

Precisely because of that instability and vulnerable personality are considered very dangerous. That is why Gutiérrez was on the radar of the agencies of those two countries for some time. At the end of last January, when they learned that he had entered Colombian territory, they communicated with their colleagues from the Directorate of Judicial Police and Interpol-Dijin.

After receiving the alert the analysts of the cybernetic center collected data and made a search in the virtual world to find the first clues. That work was successful and together with the men of the investigative group of crimes against public security and terrorism, the investigations were expanded.

La Dijín discovered that it was not the first time that Gutiérrez was in Colombia. On July 12, 2015 he was deported and on August 18, 2017 he was again expelled from the country. However, by delving into their migratory records, uniformed men discovered that between 2010 and 2014 they had been on at least six occasions in Colombian territory.

The first of them on October 3, 2010 and remained only four days. The following year he returned on January 6 and left the country two days later. In that 2011 he entered again on March 23 and lasted five days. Once again he returned on May 8 and left on the 11th. On all trips, he arrived from Panama and returned to that country again.

A month later he returned again but that time lasted a long time. According to his migratory record, he entered on June 29, 2011 and in Migración Colombia, he appears to have been in the country for almost three years, since his exit register appears on October 2, 2014, bound for Ecuador. The next day, on October 3, he returned and stayed until the 28th of that month.

Thanks to these data, among others, the Dijin researchers located two houses in Dos Quebradas, Risaralda, where they knew Gutiérrez was going. On the sites they installed undercover surveillance as part of the operation. They saw that in the Cuban he frequently went to one of those houses and that he visited the second, inhabited by a compatriot of his with whom he frequently conversed.

While it was controlled by the agents, the analysts of the cybernetic center, followed their conversations to determine what they planned. One of the messages found on the network turned on all the alarms. In that it was said that on March 13, Gutiérrez had planned to carry out a terrorist attack. That was why the decision was made to arrest him that day.

In the house where he was captured he had 11 cell phones, a laptop and a micro SD card. At the time of his arrest Gutiérrez said he had been contacted by three alleged Libyan citizens on the Web with whom he said he had personally met later in Armenia to start what he called his radicalization process.

With the handcuffs on his wrists, Gutiérrez also said in those first moments that he accepted Islam and that his intention was to attack the Cuban embassy in Bogotá, as well as to take action against US citizens and Israel in Colombia. “I’m not a Muslim, I’m fighting against the new world order,” he said after hearing how a judge from Bogotá sent him to La Modelo prison.

Several of the conversations he had with his contacts for a long time were saved in the seized telephones. Some of these were revealed by the Prosecutor’s Office during the hearing to legalize their capture three days ago. The people with whom he had the most contact through Telegram identified themselves as Francisco Quintana and Amir Makin. There are dozens of talks he held with them where they explicitly commented on the terrorist acts to be carried out and the way he was supposed to prepare the explosives.

In conversations Gutiérrez asks for financial help to carry out the attacks and tells them that he has five possible places to carry out the detonation of the explosive. He even sends them a picture of the interior of one of those restaurants in Bogotá.

The investigation of the Dijin with the US and Spanish authorities continued to progress. They managed to establish that whoever identified as Makin Muhannad would actually be a man named Augusto Barraza, who would be in Argentina. These are some of the pieces of the strange puzzle of this Cuban of Isis. Many more are still missing.



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