Police in northeastern Spain hope the Tuesday arrests of nine suspected members of a jihadi group might assist in resolving recent deadly terrorist attacks in Belgium and France.
Twelve raids in five Catalan towns, including the regional capital of Barcelona, resulted in the arrests of one Spaniard and eight Moroccans, all between the ages of 30 and 40, who were residing in Catalonia.
According to a police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, at least four of the individuals captured are suspected of having links to those arrested in the wake of the 2016 Brussels airport and subway attacks that left 32 people dead and wounded 300 others.
Regional police spokesman Josep Lluis Trapero stated that four of the people arrested were evidently members of ISIS. Trapero contended that the arrests could contribute to the furtherance of investigations into attacks in France and Belgium. He also noted that the detainees are under investigation for drug trafficking and additional crimes.
A police report revealed that the arrests came after an eight-month investigation in partnership with Belgian police.
Since Spain raised its national security alert in 2015 to one step below the maximum, Spanish police have arrested approximately 200 suspected jihadis.
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