The Ministry of the Interior has announced that Spanish police along with the Moroccan security services have broken up one of the most important terrorist cells.
The cell had been sending jihadists to Syria and other conflict zones.
Four people have been detained in Spain, one in Malaga and three in Melilla. Among them was the leader of the cell.
Some of the members had returned to Spain after having passed through other terrorist organisations including Al Qaeda.
Spain is considered to be a ‘sleeper base’ or incubator for Islamic fundamentalist radicals and a departure point for jihadists.
On average, 30 radicals leave Spain every month to go to Syria via Morocco.
Reports from the intelligence service claim that there are an important amount of sleepers residing in Spain at the ready to go off to a Holy War and they have been well trained in the use of all sorts of weaponry and explosives.
From Spain they go first to the Alaui Kingdom and then Turkey from which they are taken directly to Syria.