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Arrests on charges of recruiting women into Islamic State group

These happened in the cities of Girona, Barcelona and Mellila.

Iraqi forces holding the flag of the Islamic State group that they captured during an operation last year (File photo)
Iraqi forces holding the flag of the Islamic State group that they captured during an operation last year (File photo)
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SPANISH AUTHORITIES HAVE arrested four individuals suspected of recruiting individuals into the Islamic State group.

The arrests by the Spanish Civil Guard were announced in a statement by the country’s Interior Ministry this morning.

Two of the arrests were made in the city of Melilla – a Spanish enclave in Morocco. The two others were arrested in the cities of Girona and Barcelona.

The activities of the two arrested in Melilla are thought to have focused on the recruitment of females into the Islamic State group.

Activity 

The two men arrested in Melilla are suspected of translating material into Spanish from a number of terrorist organisations, the most prominent of which is the Islamic State group. Translated documents by the group were being distributed via social media.

These documents were said to make apologies for terrorist activity and to encourage the act of martyrdom.

The two were also thought to have held secret meetings where they showed Islamic State group propaganda videos.

Of the two in Barcelona and Girona, one was thought to have acted alone to persuade others to develop an interest in Islamic extremism, while the other was said to have independently edited and distributed recruitment videos.

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