Arrest of Daesh militant in Ceuta by Guardia Civil

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A MOROCCAN man has been arrested in the Spanish North-African enclave of Ceuta accused of inciting Islamic militancy via social media. 

The arrest came after an operation by Moroccan and Spanish police a couple of days previously where four people were arrested, accused of recruiting people to fight in Syria and Iraq or for possible attacks in Spain or Morocco. 

So far this year, 13 people have been arrested and detained by Spanish police with suspected links to Daesh militants. In 2015, the amount of arrests doubled from the previous year, with a total of 102 arrests. Police have been stepping up security measures after the shocking attacks in Paris. 

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In 2004 Spain saw one of Europe´s worst terrorist attacks when Islamic militants bombed commuter trains in Madrid and killed nearly 200 people and injuring more than 1,800. Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s two north African enclaves, have been the focus of Spanish anti-militant investigations in the last year. 

Spanish authorities have said they had dismantled a militant Islamist cell operating out of north Africa that was reported to be ready to attack either Spain or other European targets. 

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