Spain and Morocco co-operate on terror arrests

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Spanish police officers.

FOURTEEN people suspected of terrorist activity and recruitment for the Islamic State (IS) group were arrested in joint operations by Spain and Morocco following the attack on a French high-speed train last week.

These latest arrests were made in the suburbs of Madrid and a number of Moroccan locations including Fez and Casablanca.

Although Ayoub El-Khazzani, a 29-year-old from Tetuán, has denied terrorist activity, claiming that he had found the gun in a park and simply intended to commit a robbery on the train, he was on the Schengen register, a watch-list of ‘persons of interest’ that is shared by 27 European countries.

The Spanish interior ministry has stated that the operation is ongoing without releasing further information.

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