Spanish police detained one of Europe’s most wanted fugitives of the ISIS terrorist group in the southern town of Almeria, the government said.
The Egyptian man, who has fought in Syria and Iraq, was hiding in an apartment with two other people who were also arrested and were being identified by police, the interior ministry said in a statement late on April 21.
The man has appeared in gory propaganda pictures of ISIS crimes, the ministry said.
“The detained man spent several years in the Syria-Iraq area and presents peculiar personality features such as an extremely violent criminal profile which caught the attention of police and intelligence services in Europe,” the statement added, without disclosing his identity.
The three suspects had come via North Africa and were keeping a low profile during Spain’s CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus lockdown, exiting the apartment one-by-one, and wearing protective masks.
Spanish Police are eager to intercept many of the dozens of Spanish Muslims who left for Syria and Iraq to fight alongside ISIS and may now want to perpetrate attacks on home soil, such as the killing of 16 people in Barcelona in 2017.
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.