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Eight held in Spain terror swoops

Spanish police have arrested eight suspected members of a jihadi terror cell that urged attacks to be carried out in Spain and selected people to send to fight for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The eight Spaniards - five of whom are of Moroccan origin- are suspected of carrying out an intense pro-jihad propaganda campaign among the immigrant community in Spain and Spaniards of Moroccan background, the Interior Ministry said.

The suspects - six men and two women - were held in the north-eastern provinces of Barcelona and Girona and in the central areas of Avila and Ciudad Real.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadist militants and recruiters in recent years. Most of the arrests have been in Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish city enclaves in North Africa bordered by Morocco on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other.

On Tuesday, police said they had neutralised a jihadi cell with the arrests of two people in Ceuta who were part of a group allegedly planning to carry out attacks in Spain and other European countries.

Four others suspected members of the cell were arrested in January.

Also on Tuesday, a judge jailed a Moroccan woman on provisional charges of belonging to IS after she was arrested on suspicion of being involved in female recruitment.

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