Spanish police have arrested two Moroccan terrorists for supporting Islamic terrorism and planning an attack on European soil, the Interior Ministry said today.
The ministry said one of the terrorists had planned on joining ISIS in Syria and had travelled to the country’s border with Turkey to meet a member of the terrorist organisation to be trained before returning to Europe to take part in a terror attack.
The terrorist was arrested by Turkish police before crossing the border and was returned to Spain once released where he continued efforts to join the terror group, the ministry said.
The other terrorist 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 terrorists are residents in the southern Spanish city of Murcia and the northern city of Valladolid.
It comes as French police arrested two young female terrorists from the city of Nice for suspected ties to the ISIS terrorist Rachid Kassim, the Paris prosecutors’ office said yestrday.
The teen-terrorists, aged 17 and 19, were being groomed to carry out an attack on “specific targets” in France in retaliation for the recent death of the ISIS’s spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a source close to the investigation said.
The pair used the Telegram encrypted messaging system to communicate with Kassim, who is suspected of having participated in several attacks or attempted attacks in France.
Security experts have warned that authorities often turn a blind eye to women jihadis because they are not deemed to be a high risk.