Spanish Police Arrest Two Accused of Supporting Islamist Terrorists

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Spanish police prepare to enter a building during an operation in Spain's northern African enclave of Ceuta, in this still image from video released February 23, 2016. Spanish and Moroccan police arrested four people accused of recruiting potential militants to fight in Syria and Iraq or to carry out attacks in Spain or Morocco, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. Three Spaniards were detained in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Africa and one Moroccan in Nador, Morocco, as part of a joint operation between the two countries, the ministry said. REUTERS/Policia Nacional - Ministerio del Interior/Handout via Reuters TV ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Spanish police prepare to enter a building during an operation in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, Feb. 23, as they arrested four people accused of recruiting potential terrorists to fight in Syria and Iraq or to carry out attacks in Spain or Morocco. (Reuters/Policia Nacional – Ministerio del Interior/Handout via Reuters)

Spanish police have arrested two Moroccan men accused of supporting Islamist terrorists and potentially planning an attack on European soil, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The Ministry said one of the accused had planned on joining the Islamic State terror group in Syria and had traveled to the country’s border with Turkey to meet a member of the organization to be trained before returning to Europe to take part in an attack.

The man was arrested by Turkish police before crossing the border and was released and returned to Spain where he continued his efforts to join the terror group, the Ministry said.

The other man is accused of helping the first in his attempts to travel to the war zone in Syria and of training him after he returned to Spain. The accused are residents in the southern Spanish city of Murcia and the northern city of Valladolid.