Spanish couple arrested in Turkey, accused of jihadist links
police officers detain a man during a raid in one of the region's biggest operations against jihadi activity - AP

MADRID: Spain’s Interior Ministry says two Spanish residents have been arrested in Turkey on suspicion of having links to jihadi terrorists and membership in the Islamic State armed group.

The couple, a Moroccan man and a Spanish woman, lives in Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. The Interior Ministry says they traveled to Turkey in October with their 14-month-old daughter.

Turkish officials arrested the couple after they returned to Turkey from Syria to await “logistical and financial support” from IS, according to Saturday’s government statement.

Spain says its law enforcement officials cooperated with Turkey’s intelligence service and Morocco’s territorial surveillance unit in tracking the couple’s movements.

Spain didn’t clarify when the arrests happened. Turkey declined to comment.

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