The Spanish government reported that 14 people had been arrested on Tuesday for recruiting militants to join ISIS as well as planning attacks in Syria and Iraq. All suspects have been arrested in Morocco except one, who was detained in San Martin de la Vega, near Madrid.
The operation started after police caught the leader of the group. The leader had strong links with Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco.
Interior Ministry said that those arrested were members of a group that sends militants to ISIS in Syria and Iraq. They would attack in Morocco and Spain.
"They wanted to replicate in Morocco and Spain the massacres carried out by Daesh [ISIS] members with the aim of creating a climate of psychosis and instability," the ministry said in a statement, referring to ISIS.
The arrests were carried out after an armed Moroccan man was accused of attacking passengers on a train in France. However, an interior ministry source reported that there was no link between the attack and Tuesday’s arrests.
Europe and North Africa have been struggling with radical citizens joining ISIS in Syria and returning to their home countries to attack. According to Interior Ministry figures, Spain arrested 67 people suspected of joining ISIS so far this year, including 48 in Spain and 19 abroad.