Spain arrests 2 alleged female jihadists, 1 a minor, preparing to go to Iraq, Syria

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MADRID — Spanish police say they have arrested two female Spaniards, one a minor, who planned to travel to Iraq or Syria to enlist in the Islamic State jihadist group.

An Interior Ministry statement says the pair was arrested Saturday in Spain's north African enclave city of Melilla as they prepared to enter neighboring Morocco.

Once there, police say the two women were to be sent imminently to an area between Iraq and Syria.

The elder woman was identified as Fauzia Allal Mohamed, 19. There were no details on the younger woman in Monday's statement.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadist militants and recruiters in recent years, especially in its two North African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla.

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