Suspected ISIS recruiter arrested in Spain’s Ceuta

Police officers cordon off the area as sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and Melilla, another Spanish enclave. (AP)

A Spaniard has been arrested in the Spanish north African territory of Ceuta on suspicion of recruiting youth to fight for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, the interior ministry said Saturday.

The 34-year-old Ceuta resident, arrested at dawn in the Mediterranean peninsula bordering Morocco, “was carrying out recruitment and indoctrination of youths with a vulnerable profile,” the ministry said in a statement.

He offered them “help to travel to conflict zones and join the Daesh terrorist organisation,” it said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The suspect was known for “his adherence to Salafist ideology,” it said, referring to a fundamentalist branch of Islam.

The ministry has said it has arrested around 100 suspected jihadists this year.

Spain has been on a heightened anti-terror alert -- level four of a possible five -- since June.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49