Spain: 2 arrested for suspected links to IS armed group

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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.