Friday 18 August 2017

Man accused of being 'Isis main organiser in Europe' arrested by armed police in Spain

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Paul Daly

A Moroccan man claimed to have strong links to the Islamic State group and alleged to be pushing for attacks to be carried out in Spain and elsewhere in Europe has been arrested by Spanish police.

A statement said the man was arrested on Tuesday in Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Mediterranean island of Majorca, where he lived.

It said the detainee poses "a clear threat to national security" given that he used the internet to promote recruitment for IS, help send potential combatants abroad and encourage attacks in Spain and elsewhere in Europe. It said he maintained close contact with IS leaders in Syria.

Spanish police have arrested dozens of suspected jihadi recruiters in recent years.

Reuters

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