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    According to Spanish Interior Ministry, police arrested a Moroccan national on Saturday in the eastern municipality of Badalona for distributing jihadist propaganda and launching Islamic State (ISIL)-affiliated accounts in the internet.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Spanish police arrested a Moroccan national on Saturday in the eastern municipality of Badalona for distributing jihadist propaganda and launching Islamic State (ISIL)-affiliated accounts in the internet, the Spanish Interior Ministry said on its website.

    “The detained made his propaganda activities among his encirclement his major goal in order to increase the number of followers and potential ‘fighters.’ His activities aimed at demonstrating the IS’ operative capacity in the conflict zones, as well as their technical qualifications,” the statement read.

    The messages posted by the Moroccan invited those who could travel to join the caliphate, while urging those not able to come to Syria or Iraq to commit terrorist activities in the countries of their residence.

    The IS, in control of large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory, has recruited thousands of foreigners. The group’s propaganda on social networking websites especially targets young people.

    At least 20,000 foreign fighters have joined ISIL so far, according to the US National Counterterrorism Center estimates.

    In February, Spain's Interior Ministry stated that police had arrested four people suspected of spreading Islamist propaganda. The following month, Spanish police detained eight suspected members of a jihadist cell, who selected people to be sent to Syria and Iraq.


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