Spain arrests nine over alleged ISIS links

Catalan police escort a detained suspect from a block of flats during an operation against Islamist militants in Sabadell, April 8, 2015 (Reuters)

Spanish police arrested nine people in the Catalonia region on Wednesday suspected of links to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, authorities said, the latest such raids as European nations seek to stop jihadist recruitment.

The operation included raids in the Barcelona and Tarragona areas and those arrested are suspected of crimes “linked to jihadist terrorism, particularly to the Islamic State group,” police said in a statement, using another term for ISIS.

Authorities in Europe have sought to stop young people seeking to travel to Iraq and Syria to fight with ISIS.

A number of alleged recruitment cells have been targeted by authorities in Spain, including in the country’s North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla.

On April 1, a Moroccan living in Catalonia was remanded in custody after allegedly seeking to send her 16-year-old twins to fight with militants in Syria, a year after another son died in the country.

Last month, Spanish authorities arrested eight suspected members of a jihadist network who allegedly called for attacks in Spain and tried to recruit for the Islamic State.

About 60 people charged in Islamist terrorist cases were being held in Spain at the start of 2015, a law enforcement source has said.

Spanish authorities say about 100 people from Spain are suspected of having joined radical militant groups in Iraq and Syria, and fear they may return to launch attacks.

Hundreds more such radicals from France, Britain and Germany are also thought to have travelled to those countries to fight.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47