Tamil Diplomat

Spain arrests eight suspected Islamist militants in dawn raid

Eight suspected Islamist militants accused of planning attacks in Spain and recruiting fighters to send to Syria and Iraq were arrested in dawn raids across Spain on Friday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.The six men and two women were connected to the Islamic State militant group via one of their operatives who organized activity from Syria and Iraq, the ministry said.All those arrested had Spanish nationality, and five were of Moroccan heritage.

“The group represented a serious and definite threat to national security,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the network aimed to carry out attacks on the mainland.The Spanish government has renewed its focus on Islamist militant activity since the attacks on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January in which gunmen killed 17 people.Islamist militants killed nearly 200 people in March 2004 in an attack on a commuter train, setting off bombs hidden in rucksacks as the train drew in to Madrid’s main station.