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Spansk og marokkansk politi har arrestert til sammen 14 personer i kjølvannet av marokkanske Ayoub el-Khazzanis forsøk på massakre på 300 passasjerer på et TGV-tog mellom Amsterdam og Paris fredag. BBC.

 

The arrests were made in suburbs of Madrid and in various Moroccan cities.

Those arrested are suspected of involvement in a network to send fighters to areas of Syria and Iraq under IS control.

The latest arrests took place in the San Martin de la Vega district of Madrid, and in the Moroccan cities of Fez, Casablanca, Nador, al-Hoceima and Driouech.

The Spanish interior ministry said the operation was ongoing, without giving specific details.

Both Spain and Morocco have arrested dozens of suspected radical Islamists in recent years.

El-Khazzani var fra Tetouan i Marokko, og hadde bodd syv år i Spania, henholdsvis Madrid og Algeciras, før han flyttet til Frankrike. Spansk politi sendte en alert-melding til franske kolleger. Han kunne likevel spasere på et tog utstyrt med kalasjnikov.

Spanish counter-terrorism sources quoted on Monday by the Spanish Cadena Ser radio network said that some 800 people with a radical Islamist profile were in Europe and ready to strike, having returned from Syria and Iraq.