Spanish police arrest seven connected to DAESH and Al Nusra

In recent operations by Spanish police against terror group DAESH and Al Nusra Front 7 people have been detained in Spain

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

A unidentified man from Morocco leaves his tea shop after being detained by Spanish Civil Guard, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Tuesday, Dec.1, 2015. Spanish authorities allege the man is a suspected member of a cell that recruited fighters for ISID

Spanish police arrested 7 people with suspected links to DAESH and Al Nusra Front on Sunday during a dawn raid in the Mediterranean regions of Alicante and Valencia and in Spain's north African enclave Ceuta, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.

Ministry added that those arrested were suspected of operating a supply network for militants in Syria and Iraq, sending money, guns, computer equipment and material for making explosives in sealed containers under the guise of humanitarian aid.

5 of the suspects were Spaniards of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan descent and the remaining two were a Syrian and a Moroccan, the ministry said in a statement. Police searched homes, businesses and warehouses as part of the operation.

Sunday's raid was the result of two years of investigation into the ring by authorities. The arrested suspects had carried out their activities in other European countries before settling in Spain, the ministry said.

Spain arrested 102 people with suspected links to DAESH and Al Nusra Front last year, more than twice the number arrested in the previous year as police stepped up security measures following attacks in Paris in January 2015.

TRTWorld, Reuters