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Spain arrests 8 suspected Islamist militants

Amid a heightened terror alert level, Spanish authorities carried out a predawn raid on Monday, arresting eight individuals accused of recruiting and deploying fighters to aid the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   June 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

MADRID, June 16 (UPI) -- Spanish authorities have arrested eight members of an Islamist militant cell suspected of recruiting and deploying fighters to aid the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Spain, like other European countries, are concerned that militants who travel to conflict zones in Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa will eventually return to Spain to potentially carry out terrorists attacks.

Monday's predawn raid follows the arrest of six Spanish men in May, accused of facilitating the deployment of 26 fighters to Libya, Mali, and Syria.

Spain is currently at a heightened terror alert level in advance of festivities surrounding the proclamation of Spain's new King, Felipe VI, following King Juan Carlos' announced abdication.

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