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Spain Arrests 2 on Suspicion of Forming Part of IS Group

Spanish police arrest a man, left, accused of collaborating with the Islamic State, after searching a cybercafe in Mataro near to Barcelona, Dec. 8, 2015.

Spain's Interior Ministry said two people have been arrested in Catalonia and the Canary Islands on suspicion of forming part of the Islamic State group and of recruiting and indoctrinating Islamic militants.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said the two, a man and a woman both of Moroccan nationality, worked within "a highly professional" network aimed at conveying "an idealized image of their struggle" in order to recruit impressionable young Spaniards and train them in the use of arms and explosives.

Fernandez Diaz said the suspects — arrested Tuesday in northeastern Mataro and on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura — were "in constant contact with the Islamic State hierarchy in Syria" and both had made a public oath of loyalty to IS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.