Spain: Police arrest 11 people for suspected jihadi links


MADRID (AP) – Police in northeastern Spain said they arrested 11 people Wednesday for suspected links to jihadi terror activity and the Islamic State armed group.

Catalan police said the 10 men and a woman were detained in five northeastern towns, including the regional capital of Catalonia, Barcelona. Nine of the arrested were Spaniards, one was Moroccan and one was from Paraguay.

Police declined to reveal any more details about the operation, which was coordinated by the National Court in Madrid.

A police statement said some 360 Mossos d’Esquadra regional police officers took part in 13 raids in one of the region’s biggest operations against jihadi activity.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadi militants and recruiters in recent years.

Last week, police in Catalonia arrested four members of a family, including 16-year-old twin boys who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters.

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