Spain breaks up ISIS recruiting network

4 arrested in Melilla and Catalonia

24 February, 19:39

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, FEBRUARY 24 - A network to recruit foreign fighters and young women from Spain for the Islamic State (ISIS) was broken up on Tuesday.

    Two people were arrested in the Melilla and two others in the Catalonian cities Barcelona and Girona. A large amount of informational materials were seized during searches of the detainees' homes and is currently being examined by the anti-terrorism squad. The two arrested in the Spanish enclave in Morocco, say interior ministry sources, administered a virtual community in which they published propaganda material for ISIS translated into Spanish, including a webpage with about a thousand followers and significant impact in the Iberian regions, where Islamic fundamentalism is stronger. The investigation brought to light that those arrested in Catalonia operated independently but interacted on Facebook through the internet platform administered from Melilla. They had contact with jihadist sympathizers also in Latin America and countries ranging from Belgium and France to Pakistan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the US, Turkey and Tunisia. They also used the webpage to propagate an apologia of terrorist tactics and praised martyrdom and immolation. (ANSAmed).

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