5 held in Europe on sus­pi­cion of form­ing IS cell

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD -

Po­lice have ar­rested five peo­ple sus­pected of form­ing an Is­lamic State cell and pro­mot­ing Is­lamist mil­i­tancy in Spain, Bel­gium and Ger­many, the Span­ish In­te­rior Min­istry said on Wednes­day.

Three of them were de­tained in Spain— two of them in Barcelona and one in Spain’s North African en­clave of Melilla— one in Brus­sels and an­other in Wup­per­tal, Ger­many, it said.

The group used so­cial me­dia, specif­i­cally a Face­book page “Is­lam en Es­panol” (Is­lam in Span­ish), to glo­rify the Is­lamic State and spread the mes­sage of the mil­i­tant group that op­er­ates out of Syria and Iraq, the min­istry said.

They are ac­cused of com­mis­sion­ing at­tacks, rad­i­cal­iza­tion, pro­mot­ing Is­lamist mil­i­tancy and act­ing as go-be­tweens for Is­lamic State re­cruit­ment in Europe, the min­istry said.

Spain has ar­rested 34 peo­ple with sus­pected con­nec­tions to Is­lamist mil­i­tancy this year.

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