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Spanish man arrested in North African enclave for recruiting women for ISIS

LONDON - JULY 21:  Young girls wait to be seated outside a Lebanese cafe on Edgeware Road on July 21, 2006 in London, England. Lebanese Cafes enjoy a healthy patronage from the  local London Arabic community.  (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

LONDON - JULY 21: Young girls wait to be seated outside a Lebanese cafe on Edgeware Road on July 21, 2006 in London, England. Lebanese Cafes enjoy a healthy patronage from the local London Arabic community. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)  (2006 Getty Images)

Spanish police say they have arrested a man suspected of recruiting women to send to areas controlled by the Islamic State armed group in Syria.

An Interior Ministry statement said the 29-year-old Spaniard was arrested Wednesday in Melilla, one of two Spanish enclave cities in northwest Africa.

The statement said the man distributed recordings of pro-Islamic State speeches to indoctrinate recruits.

It said the arrest was part of an ongoing operation against jihadi militants seeking to recruit pre-teen girls and teenagers in Spain.

Police on July 7 arrested a Spanish woman who allegedly maintained contact with militants in Syria, including a facilitator who gave her orders for recruiting girls and arranging their travel.

Spain has arrested some 50 suspected jihadi militants and recruiters this year.

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