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One in three terror suspects arrested in Spain formed part of cells ready and prepared to carry out attacks.
The shocking figure was part of a study by an international think tank the Real Insituto Elcano, which profiled the 150 alleged jihadis detained in Spain between 2013 and May this year.
Tom Wilson, an expert on the Middle East at the Henry Jackson society, said earlier this year Spanish destinations including holiday hotspots offered likely targets for terrorists.
He said: “Islamic extremists, such as those in Islamic State, certainly see any territory that was once conquered by Islam as being up for grabs, so to speak.
“That goes for Spain, which is often viewed by Islamists as representing the highpoint of Islamic conquest into Europe.”
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