WATCH: Jihadist terror cell planning attacks in Spain and Morocco smashed

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A JIHADIST terror cell that was planning major attacks in Spain and Morocco has been dismantled.

Spanish and Moroccan authorities have arrested six jihadists who were planning large-scale terror attacks.

These arrests come less than three weeks after a group of jihadists, many of whom were of Moroccan origin, killed 16 in Barcelona and Cambrils with vehicles and knives.

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Five of the group were Moroccans living in Spain.

The sixth detainee was the leader, a 39-year-old Spanish national from Melilla, an enclave of Spain in North Africa.

A spokesman for the Spanish Interior Ministry said: “He used his position as an assistant teacher in a centre for educating minors to carry out recruitment activities and to radicalise young people in a vulnerable situation.

“This type of activity is in line with the global strategy of the so-called Islamic State.”

They revealed that the group held clandestine nightly meetings where they would plan large-scale massacres, undertake physical training and simulate murder by decapitation.

With its origins in Beni Chikerm a small town in Nador, Morocco, the band of terrorists had planned a number of executions in Morocco and Spain.

Since mid-2015, Spain has arrested 199 people accused of links to extremism.


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