Spanish police arrest 2 terrorists suspected of links to Daesh - Ministry
Spanish security forces captured two Moroccan nationals suspected of having ties to the Daesh terrorist organization, Spain's Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday, Sputnik reported.
"Those arrested were part of the propaganda and recruitment network of the terrorist organization Daesh and developed an intense activity… with the ultimate purpose of inciting terrorist attacks," the statement reads.
One of the terrorists was captured in Madrid, the other one in the province of Barcelona in an autonomous community of Catalonia, both of them taking part in the spread of propaganda and recruiting for the Daesh, according to the ministry's statement.
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has detained 163 jihadists since 2015 when the anti-terrorism alert level was raised to four, the statement added. Spanish authorities went to the second highest level of the five-level system in June, following terrorist attacks in France and Tunisia.
The Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many other countries, claimed responsibility for a number of attacks that hit various cities across Europe in the past year.
In July, a truck drove into a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing at least 86 people. In November 2015, the IS carried out a series of terrorist attacks across Paris, claiming 130 lives and injuring over 350 people. On June 26, 38 people were killed and tens wounded in a shooting in Tunisia carried out by a terrorist who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State.