Spanish police detain six suspected jihadists in three cities

Madrid, Feb 8 (IANS) Spanish security forces detained six people with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al Nusra groups in an operation carried out in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The arrests were carried out in the cities of Alicante and Valencia on the east coast of Spain and in the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta, Xinhua reported.

The Spanish Interior Ministry said that four of those detained are of Spanish nationality but of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan origin, while the other two are a Syrian and a Moroccan resident in Spain.

The arrests come as part as a police investigation which began in 2014 and those arrested are described as forming “part of the exterior structure of the terrorist organisations with a jihadist character situated in the Syria-Iraq region,” and they are accused of “supplying logistical material which is vital for maintaining terrorist activities.”

Spanish authorities insisted the operation is “ongoing” and as such further arrests cannot be ruled out.

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