Spanish, German and Belgian authorities have arrested five people suspected of forming an “active and dangerous” Islamic State cell and promoting Islamist militancy in the three countries, Spain’s interior ministry said on Wednesday.
Four were Spanish and one was Moroccan, it said. Two were detained in Barcelona, one in Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla, one in Brussels and one in Wuppertal, Germany.
Spanish police worked in conjunction with German and Belgium federal law enforcers in the arrests, the ministry said.
The group used social media, specifically a Facebook page “Islam en Español” (Islam in Spanish), which had over 32,000 followers, to glorify the Islamic State and spread the message of the militant group that operates out of Syria and Iraq, the ministry said.