A SUSPECTED Islamic militant returning to Europe from the war in Syria has been arrested at Malaga airport.
Abdeluahid Sadik Mohamed belongs to an al Qaeda-linked group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to officials.
Sadik Mohamed is a Spanish national born in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave on Morocco’s north coast.
He had spent months alongside Islamic militants fighting in Syria and in Iraq since last May, arriving to the region from Casablanca, Morocco. He was arrested at Malaga airport on a flight from Istanbul, Turkey.
Sadik Mohamed was allegedly involved in terrorist training camps in Syria and Iraq, and was a suspect in a partially dismantled Spanish and Moroccan network of Islamic militants that recruited, indoctrinated, trained and financed militants to be sent to the battlefronts in Syria.
The network was based in Ceuta and and in the nearby Moroccan city of Fnideq. Ten militants allegedly linked to this network have been jailed on pretrial charges of terrorism, including the alleged leader who was arrested September 17 after escaping detention in June. Eight other suspected colleagues were rounded up at that time.