Two ISIS terrorists, who were willing to carry out attacks in Spain, have been arrested in Barcelona and Madrid.
The Moroccan pair were ‘dangerous’ and ‘directed and controlled’ by the terror group, Spanish Ministry of Interior officials said.
The two Muslims, who have not been named, are said to have isolated themselves from the rest of society and limited their contact with the outside world through ‘radical jihadist profiles’ on the internet.
They were held during dawn raids today in the Spanish capital and Roda de Ter in the province of Barcelona an hour’s drive north of the Catalan city.
A Spanish Ministry of Interior spokesman, referring to ISIS, said in a statement: ‘They were fully integrated into DAESH, following their instructions and their plans of actions to the letter.’
Officials described the pair as being in a ‘state of pre-alert for the possible commission of terrorist attacks in Spain.’
The Ministry of Interior spokesman added: ‘They were also active on the Internet and social media with the aim of radicalising and recruiting new conscripts.
‘They divulged a wealth of radical material including propaganda material designed to fill western societies with fear.’
Today’s operation brought the number of Muslim terrorists held in Spain since the start of last year, when the country went onto a level 4 terror alert, to 215.
Earlier this month four people suspected of trying to recruit so-called Caliphate Cubs – child soldiers as young as 12 to fight for ISIS – were held in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta.
Last month two Muslim preachers supporting ISIS were held in the Ibizan party resort of San Antonio.
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