Suspected Islamic State Terror Cell Leader Arrested in Spain

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MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials say police have arrested a Moroccan boxing coach suspected of heading a cell that spread propaganda and recruited militants for the Islamic State armed group.

The Interior Ministry said the man arrested Monday in the northern city of San Sebastian had ties with another suspect arrested in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 20. He also had shared an apartment in San Sebastian with man later arrested in Morocco, who was suspected of receiving instructions from IS members for carrying out attacks in Europe.

The statement said the Moroccan arrested Monday had been active since 2010 and used his job as boxing coach to recruit marginalized youths for jihad activities.