THE SPANISH Interior ministry released a statement last Wednesday April 26, reporting the arrest of a man in Teulada suspected of having connections to Daesh /ISIS.
The 46-year-old Egyptian man arrested in the Northern Costa Blanca town is suspected of having “facilitated the return of terrorists belonging to Daesh (IS) who had decided to return from Syria and Iraq,” the interior ministry said in the statement.
He is suspected of providing them with a place to stay and helping the returning terrorists with administrative procedures.
He is also alleged to have distributed “documents justifying attacks committed by Daesh” amongst the local Muslim community in his area and on social media networks, the statement said.
In a separate incident reported within the same statement from the Interior Ministry, Police have also arrested a 29-year-old Spaniard in the poor district of El Principe in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in North Africa.
The statement said that Police described him as “a key element in Daesh’s recruitment and indoctrination machine.”
They said “he recruited vulnerable young people to progressively radicalise them”, and was suspected of wanting to go to conflict zones himself.
His wife had previously been detained on suspicion of similar propaganda and recruitment activities.
These arrests in Teulada and the enclave of Ceuta in Northern Morocco came just a day after Spanish police detained four men with alleged links to suspects involved in the Brussels airport and metro attacks last year.
According to the interior ministry, 69 suspected jihadists were arrested in 2016 and another 29 have been held so far this year.
However the Ministry reports that Spain has seen far fewer citizens travelling abroad to join the ranks of IS than other European countries.
According to the Real Instituto Elcano, a prominent Spanish think tank, around 160 Spain-based “fighters” have left the country for conflict zones, compared with more than a thousand in neighbouring France.