Spain arrests suspected Islamist militants linked to Brussels attacks

Four are believed to have links to the Brussels terror attacks last March, in which 32 people were killed in twin bomb blasts at the city's airport and a metro station.

He said the arrests could help solve investigations into attacks in France as well as Belgium Belgium.

An armed Spanish police officer stands guard during a security operation at Colon square in central Madrid January 13, 2015.

Spanish police stand guard outside an apartment building during a sweeping operation at some 12 locations against Islamist militants, in which eight people were arrested, in Barcelona, Spain, April 25, 2017.

The suspects are thought to be directly linked to the incident - which Islamic State claimed credit for - but the police spokesman said their level of involvement was unclear.

Unlike France or Belgium, Spain is less exposed to the risk that radicalised citizens who left to fight overseas will return with plans to commit attacks on home soil.

The Mossos d'Esquadra - Catalonia's regional police - said in a statement that the alleged cell members were Moroccan citizens resident in Spain, aged between 31 and 39.

The investigation remained open, police said.

Trapero said the group was also being investigated for drug trafficking and other crimes.

  • Leroy Wright