World Bulletin / News Desk
According to a police statement released Monday, one of the suspects had been detained before by Turkish police along the Turkey-Syria border but he later returned to Spain.
The suspect was allegedly trying to get in touch with ISIL in hopes of receiving militant training that could help him carry out a extremist attack in Europe, Spanish police said.
“Despite the deviation from his frustrated journey, ‘the returned man’ held on to the idea that he would go back as soon as possible, with the firm intention to become integrated as a fighter in the ranks of the extremist organization,” the statement said.
Another suspect, referred to as “the helper”, by the Spanish police in the statement, allegedly provided protection and support to the first suspect.
Police said both suspects had been radicalized online. The Moroccan nationals resided in the Spanish cities of Valladolid and Murcia.
So far this year 35 people have been arrested for allegedly being linked to ISIL-related extremism in Spain, according to the Spanish daily, El Pais.