by Compiled from Wire Services
Jul 04, 2015 12:00 am
Spanish police say they have arrested a Moroccan national in the northeastern city of Badalona on suspicion of having spent months praising terrorism and disseminating propaganda for the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
In a statement, the Spanish Interior Ministry said the man was a supporter of ISIS and had called for a fight on two fronts.
"On one side, the call for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq and form part of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, on the other, for those that cannot travel, autonomous terrorist acts in their respective countries of origin or residence," it said.
Spain says it is working to prevent radicalized young Muslims joining armed groups in Syria or Iraq or attacking targets at home. As of June 23, it had arrested 45 people this year in relation to international terrorism, according to the ministry's website.
The suspect also allegedly tried to assess possible militants for "combat duties" in Syria and Iraq or for terror activities within their respective countries of origin, a statement said.
Spain and Morocco have arrested dozens of suspected terrorists and recruiters in recent years, with networks often centered in Spain's north African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.
The arrest in Badalona, which is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Barcelona, took place early Saturday, the statement said.
There are more than 1,200 Moroccans reportedly fighting in Syria, and more than 100 have been arrested upon their return.