Wednesday 13 December 2017

Six held as Spain and Morocco break up alleged active extremist cell

A memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to victims of a terror attack in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
A memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to victims of a terror attack in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Security forces in Spain and nearby Morocco have broken up an alleged extremist cell whose six members were actively training and planning to conduct violent attacks, authorities said.

Five of those detained on Wednesday are Moroccan and one is a Spaniard of Moroccan origin, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

The alleged leader of the cell, a 39 year-old Moroccan, lived in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in north Africa, but was arrested while visiting the neighbouring country.

He allegedly recruited youngsters at a re-education centre where he worked and used Islamic State group propaganda to train them, the ministry said in a statement.

Violent attacks in August claimed by IS killed 16 people in and near Barcelona.

Since mid-2015, Spain has arrested 199 people accused of links to extremism.

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