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10 March 2015 defenceWeb (Reuters)


Spain said on Tuesday it has dismantled a militant Islamic cell in its North African enclave of Ceuta that it claims was ready to attack either Spain or other targets in Europe.


Police arrested two suspected militants as part of a wider security operation that began in January, the Interior Ministry said.


"The cell neutralised today, as opposed to others dismantled, doesn't follow the same pattern of radicalisation, recruitment and sending of activists to organised jihadist organisations in conflict zones," the Ministry said in a statement.


"This group was clearly operational and consisted of individuals who were already radicalised and prepared for a possible attack, in our own country or those nearby."


The two male suspects in Ceuta, on the Moroccan coast, included a Spanish and Moroccan national and were arrested as part of the same police investigation that led to the arrest of four people in January, the ministry said.


The six detained in the two operations presented profiles similar to those involved in the attacks in Paris on Jan. 7 and 8, the ministry added.


Spain has made more than 20 arrests of suspected Islamic militants since September.


Western nations have become increasingly worried about the risk of young people becoming radicalised by militants in North Africa and the Middle East and returning home to launch attacks.


A Moroccan woman who is a Spanish resident was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of attempting to join Islamic State fighters in Syria.

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Spain arrests Ceuta man accused of sending fighters to Syria

17 September 2013 defenceWeb (Reuters)


Spain arrested a man in its North African enclave of Ceuta on Monday accused of recruiting fighters for rebel groups in Syria's civil war, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.


Spanish authorities said the man led a group that has sent dozens of people to Syria, including minors, from Ceuta and cities around Morocco.


"His name is Yassin Ahmed Laarbi, who was a fugitive and wanted by the High Court for belonging to a terrorist organization," the statement said.


Spain arrested eight members of the group in June in Ceuta. Laarbi eluded capture at the time.


Spanish officials accused the group of sending fighters to an arm of al Qaeda in Syria and said some of the recruits took part in suicide attacks and others had joined training camps.


The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since March 2011.


Islamist fighters, including veterans of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and Libya, have joined the rebels with the aim of toppling President Bashar al-Assad.

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