Rabat - A Moroccan family from Melilla has been arrested in Turkey on their way to Syria to join the ranks of terror group known as the Islamic State, Spanish Interior Ministry said Saturday.
Rabat – A Moroccan family from Melilla has been arrested in Turkey on their way to Syria to join the ranks of terror group known as the Islamic State, Spanish Interior Ministry said Saturday.
The members of the family have been identified as Ahmed Debza, a Moroccan national, and his Spanish wife named as Nadia Ataich Fernandez. They allegedly travelled to Turkey in October with their 14-month-old daughter.
The arrests took place on Wednesday. The couple had been reportedly offering assistance to individuals who wanted to travel to Syria in order to join Islamic State militants.
Turkish authorities arrested the couple after they returned to Turkey from Syria to await “logistical and financial support” from IS, AP reported quoting a government statement.
The statement added that Debza had initially attempted to travel to Syria individually in July of last year, in response to a call to Muslims launched by the self-declared leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to join his “Caliphate”.
In tracking the couple’s movements, Spain said they cooperated with the Turkish intelligence service and Morocco’s territorial surveillance agency, known as DGST or DST.