Spain: Three Moroccans Arrested for Promoting IS

Spain: Three Moroccans Arrested for Promoting IS

Spanish security authorities Tuesday announced the arrest of four IS propagandists among whom three Moroccan nationals.

A statement from the Spanish Interior Ministry pointed out that the four men were promoting the terrorist group and recruiting militants on social media.

Two of the three Moroccans were arrested in Pinto, in the south of the autonomous community of Madrid. The third was nabbed in Ciempozuelos, south of Madrid along with a Spanish citizen.

They have been handed over to justice authorities who accuse them of sending IS propagandist messages on social media to hundreds of people.

Spanish authorities have raised anti-terrorism security level following Paris November attacks and Brussels twin attacks in March.

Authorities have increased cooperation with Moroccan authorities in the area of information sharing. Several foreign nationals and local citizens known as IS sympathizers have been arrested since last year.

According to Spanish authorities’ figures, more than 82 alleged jihadists have been arrested in Spain since the beginning of 2015 and 19 people have been arrested in 2016 in connection with jihadism.

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