Sunday, March 8, 2015

Woman Who Recruited for ISIS Arrested in Spain; Played a Key Role in Transporting Women to ISIS

A woman from Spain -- who is accused of being a recruiter for ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) jihadists -- was arrested on terrorism charges at Barcelona's El Prat airport yesterday, the Telegraph (British) website reports today (March 8, 2015).

Samira Yerou, 32, a cleaner of Moroccan nationality, was detained by the Civil Guard security force after being sent back to Spain by Turkish authorities, who had stopped her from sneaking into Syria with her three-year-old child to join the ISIS terrorist group.

Spain's interior minister said that Yerou -- who had previously lived in Rubi, near Barcelona -- had played an "important role in the recruitment and radicalization" of potential IS terrorists and had participated in the "transport of female sympathizers of the terrorist group from Europe and Morocco."

Yerou came to the attention of Spain's security forces when her husband reported her as having abandoned their home in Rubi with the couple's young son in December. Yerou's husband alerted the authorities to the possibility that she was attempting to join ISIS after saying she had become "strange" following a family visit to Morocco and that she had since been "spending lots of time alone in her room."

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