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Spanish Police Arrest Man for Recruiting Women for IS

FILE - A woman walks past Sub-Saharan migrants sitting on top of a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, May 17, 2014.

Spanish police say they have arrested a man suspected of recruiting women to send to areas controlled by the Islamic State armed group in Syria.

An Interior Ministry statement said the 29-year-old Spaniard was arrested Wednesday in Melilla, one of two Spanish enclave cities in northwest Africa.

The statement said the man distributed recordings of pro-Islamic State speeches to indoctrinate recruits.

It said the arrest was part of an ongoing operation against jihadi militants seeking to recruit pre-teen girls and teenagers in Spain.

Police on July 7 arrested a Spanish woman who allegedly maintained contact with militants in Syria, including a facilitator who gave her orders for recruiting girls and arranging their travel.

Spain has arrested some 50 suspected jihadi militants and recruiters this year.