Spanish police detain two Algerian citizens in anti-terrorism operation

In May, police had arrested a Moroccan man in Barcelona with suspected links to Islamic State who they believed was planning a militant attack.

Police officers participate in an anti-terrorism operation in Barcelona, Spain, July 14, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Police officers participate in an anti-terrorism operation in Barcelona, Spain, July 14, 2020
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Police detained two Algerian citizens in an anti-terrorism operation in Spain's second largest city Barcelona on Tuesday morning, the regional Catalan police force said.
The two Algerians were preparing a terror attack, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported, quoting unidentified sources close to the investigation. Regional police declined to comment on this.
In May, police had arrested a Moroccan man in Barcelona with suspected links to Islamic State who they believed was planning a militant attack.
A total of 16 suspected jihadist fighters have been arrested in Spain from the start of the year til July 5th, according to data from the interior ministry.
Islamist militants used a van to hit pedestrians in Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard in August 2017 and carried out a follow-up attack in another Catalan municipality, killing 16 people in total.