Spanish police have arrested a woman suspected of recruiting pre-teen girls and teenagers of both sexes to send to areas controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria.

An Interior Ministry statement said the woman, a Spaniard, was arrested Tuesday in the city of Arrecife on the Canary Island of Lanzarote.

The ministry says the woman maintained contact with Islamic State militants in Syria.

It adds that the operation was being conducted by the National Court in Madrid.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadi militants and recruiters in recent years.