MADRID, SPAIN .- The Spanish police arrested two suspected jihadists in the region of Catalonia (northeast), both of Moroccan origin and 21 and 32 years old, who wanted to travel to the Syrian conflict zone – to die as martyrs.
This operation was developed jointly with the Moroccan authorities who, in turn, arrested another man in Tangier linked to the previous ones, informed the Ministry of the Interior.
The two detainees in Catalonia maintained regular contacts with others arrested in Spain for their membership in the Islamic State (Dáesh for its acronym in Arabic) and with prominent members of this terrorist organization located in the Syrian-Iraqi conflict zone where they intended to travel To combat.
The three members of this cell engaged in recruitment, indoctrination and recruitment in favor of Dáhsh not only personally but also through social networks to share videos and photographs inciting the armed struggle and suicide bombings.
These arrests are a continuation of a joint operation carried out in October 2015 by the General Information Office of the Spanish National Police and the Moroccan DGST, which culminated in the arrest of ten people, between Spain and Morocco, who were engaged in recruitment, indoctrination And recruitment in favor of the Islamic State (EI).
The detainees had manifested their will to carry out the holy war and die as martyrs, and for this purpose they repeatedly viewed and exchanged audiovisual material of the EI, according to the Ministry note.
In addition, in the course of the investigation it was found that detainees were instructed in military training and had engaged in indoctrination in persons close to their environment.
Since June 26, 2015, when the Spanish Ministry of the Interior raised the Anti-Terrorism Alert Level to 4, the Security Forces have arrested 162 alleged jihadist terrorists in operations carried out in Spain and abroad and to a Total of 207 since early 2015.