NATIONAL police from the Spanish enclave of Melilla dismantled a six-man jihadist terrorist cell – two residents of Melilla and four from Morocco.
Five of the six men are Moroccan, one with Spanish residency and the sixth is Spanish of Moroccan origin.
The leader of the cell, resident in Melilla, recruited members into the cell, taking advantage of his position at a centre for vulnerable young adults.
The cell’s meetings were held closely guarded, where the members planned terrorist attacks and simulated several types of assassination.
They were planning an imminent attack before the cell was dismantled.
The arrest of the men was a joint operation between the national police and Moroccan security services.
Since June 26, 2015, when the anti-terrorist alert reached 4, 199 jihadist terrorists have been captured in Spain and abroad and a total of 244 since the start of 2015.