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Spain: 2 arrested for suspected links to IS armed group

  • In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Spanish Guardia Civil officers stand guard in front of a house during a terrorist operation in Ceuta, Spain. Spanish police on Friday arrested two people for suspected terrorism offenses linked to the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the two arrested Friday in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta had undergone a long process of radicalization and formed part of a group that was advancing toward carrying out terror activities. (Spanish Interior Ministry via AP)

    In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Spanish Guardia Civil officers stand guard in front of a house during a terrorist operation in Ceuta, Spain. Spanish police on Friday arrested two people for suspected terrorism offenses linked to the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the two arrested Friday in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta had undergone a long process of radicalization and formed part of a group that was advancing toward carrying out terror activities. (Spanish Interior Ministry via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Spanish Guardia Civil officers stand guard in front of a house during a terrorist operation in Ceuta, Spain. Spanish police on Friday arrested two people for suspected terrorism offenses linked to the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the two arrested Friday in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta had undergone a long process of radicalization and formed part of a group that was advancing toward carrying out terror activities. (Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)

    In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Spanish Guardia Civil officers stand guard in front of a house during a terrorist operation in Ceuta, Spain. Spanish police on Friday arrested two people for suspected terrorism offenses linked to the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the two arrested Friday in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta had undergone a long process of radicalization and formed part of a group that was advancing toward carrying out terror activities. (Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Spanish Guardia Civil officers stand guard in front of a house during a terrorist operation in Ceuta, Spain. Spanish police on Friday arrested two people for suspected terrorism offenses linked to the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the two arrested Friday in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta had undergone a long process of radicalization and formed part of a group that was advancing toward carrying out terror activities. (Spanish Interior Ministry via AP)

    In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Spanish Guardia Civil officers stand guard in front of a house during a terrorist operation in Ceuta, Spain. Spanish police on Friday arrested two people for suspected terrorism offenses linked to the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the two arrested Friday in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta had undergone a long process of radicalization and formed part of a group that was advancing toward carrying out terror activities. (Spanish Interior Ministry via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Spanish police have arrested two people for terrorism offenses linked to the Islamic State armed group.

An Interior Ministry statement said the two arrested Friday in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta had undergone a long process of radicalization and formed part of a group that was advancing toward carrying out terrorist activities.

It said police were searching six houses and premises in the city, which is bordered by Morocco on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other.

There were no immediate details on the identity of the detainees.

The ministry said Spanish police have arrested 180 suspected jihadi activists over the past two years, many of them in Ceuta.

Spain has been one step below maximum security alert since attacks in Europe and elsewhere in 2015.