Spain's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a Pakistani man suspected of spreading Islamic extremist propaganda via social media networks.

A ministry statement Tuesday said the man posted explicit images of people supposedly mutilated or injured in conflict by Western, Christian or Jewish groups with the intention of encouraging followers to become jihadists.

It says he posted material supporting Sunni extremist groups linked to the Islamic State group, along with other propaganda against Western society, Shiites and Muslim women who adopt Western customs.

He was arrested in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, just outside Barcelona, where he lived.

Spanish police have arrested dozens of suspected pro-jihad activists in recent years.