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Four people including two children arrested in Spain before joining jihadists in Syria

NewsBy Karl Doyle
The four family members were prevented from travelling to join militants in Syria
The four family members were prevented from travelling to join militants in Syria

Spanish police have arrested four members of a family, including two children who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters, the Interior Ministry said.

A ministry statement said a couple and two boys, both under the age of 16, were arrested in the north-eastern city of Badalona, near Barcelona.

The boys were suspected of planning to travel to Syria today, via Morocco and Turkey.

The ministry said authorities believe another son of the couple joined the Islamic State group in Syria and died last year.

The statement said the two minors had left school in Spain to study the Koran in Morocco.

Details of the family's identity were not released.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadist militants and recruiters in recent years.