Moroccan IS recruiter arrested in Spain

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Madrid, April 19 (IANS/AKI) Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a Moroccan on the Mediterranean island of Palma de Mallorca on charges of recruiting for the Islamic State and inciting attacks in Spain and other countries.

The arrest took place in Palma de Mallorca city on the resort island, where he lived, according to a police statement.

The interior ministry said the man posed “a clear threat to national security” as he used the Internet to recruit potential fighters for Syria and Iraq and sent them abroad.

The suspect also provided recruits with instructions and resources to unleash attacks in Spain and elsewhere in Europe and was in close contact with IS leaders in Syria, the ministry said.

The Moroccan’s arrest came the same day that German tabloid Bild cited Italian intelligence chiefs as claiming IS was plotting a terror campaign against tourists at Mediterranean beach resorts in Spain, France and Italy this summer.

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Spanish police have arrested dozens of suspected jihadist recruiters in recent years.

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