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Span­ish po­lice ar­rest sus­pected IS group ‘lone ac­tor’

Spain’s In­te­rior Min­istry says po­lice have ar­rested a Moroc­can man they be­lieve was study­ing in­tensely on the in­ter­net to carry out at­tacks against civil­ians for the Is­lamic State armed group.

A min­istry state­ment yes­ter­day said the man spent many hours view­ing and spread­ing IS-re­lated video ma­te­rial and dis­played a fa­nati­cism that fit­ted the pro­file of a dan­ger­ous “lone ac­tor” re­cruited to carry out at­tacks.

He was ar­rested in the town of Aran­juez, just south of Madrid, where he lived.

The min­istry said much of the ma­te­rial he re­ceived and sent con­cerned late al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden and four ex­trem­ists who blew them­selves up in Spain in 2004 fol­low­ing the Madrid train at­tacks.

Span­ish po­lice have ar­rested 169 in­di­vid­u­als sus­pected of form­ing part of Is­lamic ex­trem­ist groups since 2015.

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