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Spaniard arrested in Islamic State recruitment probe

Published 22/07/2015

The man was arrested in Melilla, one of two Spanish enclave cities in north-west Africa
The man was arrested in Melilla, one of two Spanish enclave cities in north-west Africa

Spanish police have arrested a man suspected of recruiting women to send to areas controlled by the Islamic State in Syria.

An Interior Ministry statement said the 29-year-old Spaniard was arrested today in Melilla, one of two Spanish enclave cities in north-west Africa.

The statement said the man distributed recordings of pro-Islamic State speeches to indoctrinate recruits.

It said the arrest was part of an ongoing operation against jihadi militants seeking to recruit pre-teen girls and teenagers in Spain.

On July 7, police arrested a Spanish woman who allegedly maintained contact with militants in Syria, including a facilitator who gave her orders for recruiting girls and arranging their travel.

Spain has arrested 50 suspected jihadi militants and recruiters this year.

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