Police round up 2 militants during anti-terrorism raid in Barcelona

BARCELONA: Police detained two Algerian citizens in an anti-terrorism operation in Spain’s second-largest city Barcelona on Tuesday morning, the regional Catalan police force said.

The two Algerians were preparing a terror attack, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported, quoting unidentified sources close to the investigation. Regional police declined to comment on this.

In May, police had arrested a Moroccan man in Barcelona with suspected links to Islamic State who they believed was planning a militant attack.

A total of 16 suspected militants have been arrested in Spain from the start of the year until July 5th, according to data from the interior ministry.

Islamist militants used a van to hit pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas boulevard in August 2017 and carried out a follow-up attack in another Catalan municipality, killing 16 people in total.