New York - The Spanish Police arrested a man and woman in Catalonia and the Canary Islands on Tuesday, who are accused of having pledged allegiance to ISIS.The suspects had been trying to recruit new people through social media networks to send them to Syria and Iraq to become part of the so-called Islamic State, according to Spain’s El País.
New York – The Spanish Police arrested a man and woman in Catalonia and the Canary Islands on Tuesday, who are accused of having pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The suspects had been trying to recruit new people through social media networks to send them to Syria and Iraq to become part of the so-called Islamic State, according to Spain’s El País.
The suspects are a 32-year-old man and 19-year-old woman, both Spanish-nationals of Moroccan origin. They were detained in Mataró (Barcelona) and Pájara (Fuerteventura island), respectively.
The National High Court is investigating the suspects’ homes and belongings for evidence, as well as their computer files, the same source noted.
Both suspects had allegedly used social media networks to post “death threats against France and Spain”, according to the Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz.
“They were willing to commit terrorist attacks” and had reportedly threatened other religious groups, he added.
The same source noted that they had received direct orders from the self-proclaimed ISIS leader Abu Baker Al Badhdadi.
This is the latest arrest in a series of detentions conducted in Spain for individuals accused of terrorism links, following the November 13 Paris attacks.
“This [arrest marks] 100 detainees in 2015 in the fight against terrorism. This demonstrates the effectiveness of our security forces when we are in alert level 4,” Minister Fernández said.
According to the same source, on November 23, Spanish authorities detained A. Chiakhi, an inmate serving time at a prison in Segovia for domestic violence.
Chiakhi, was accused of recruiting other prisoners to join ISIS and of bomb threats to Madrid and Barcelona.
On November 28, the Spanish Civil Guard arrested two men and a woman in Barcelona for belonging to an extremist organization and recruiting women to send them to war zones, namely Afghanistan.
On December 2, the same source noted, a 32-year-old Moroccan man was arrested in Pamplona and charged with researching massive amounts of terrorists’ information online.
On December 7, Spanish police arrested two people in the coastal city of San Sebastian, a Moroccan man, 24, and a Spanish man, 32, whose mission was to recruit young people to join ISIS.
The Spanish man, according to his own statement to the authorities cited by Arabic daily Al Ahdath Al Maghibya, was a practicing Christian, spreading extremist ideologies.