A suspected supporter of the militant group “Islamic State” has been arrested near the German city of Stuttgart. The Moroccan man, who is wanted by Spanish authorities, was detained on a European arrest warrant.
The 21-year-old was held by police in the southwestern German town of Ludwigsburg, where he was living under a false identity as an asylum seeker.
Spanish authorities had requested his arrest for allegedly recruiting members for “Islamic State” (IS) and planning attacks. In Spain, he was said to have acted as a contact for the militant group, being “very active on social networks” in disseminating propaganda for IS.
In July, he was said to have announced his intention to travel to Syria where he would fight with IS, urging others to join him. The man, who authorities had been investigating for months, was also said to have expressed his own desire to stage an attack on Spain or Spanish interests.