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Two arrested over Islamic State links in Catalonia

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In May of this year, the police arrested two other people in Cornellà for distributing material praising ISIS

Two men were arrested in the town of Cornellà, Barcelona province, on Wednesday on charges of recruiting for the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.

The two detainees – both of Moroccan origin, although one had Spanish citizenship – are accused of distributing online propaganda to attract new combatants.

The suspects are believed to have used social media to keep in touch with terrorists in combat zones, said sources at the Interior Ministry.

They allegedly created accounts where they uploaded images, videos and documents produced by ISIS, with the goal of persuading sympathizers to join the jihad.

The Civil Guard, which carried out the arrests, is also searching the homes of the suspects for evidence of terrorist association.

The operation comes a day after the police arrested three other suspects in Madrid for allegedly planning imminent attacks on Spanish soil in the name of the jihadist organization.