Spanish Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday in Madrid the arrest of two people suspected of belonging to a "highly qualified" terrorist sect that recruited jihadists for the Islamic State.

It said the security forces apprehended a 32-year-old man in Mataro, near Barcelona, and a 19-year-old woman in Pajara on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura.

The ministry said both suspects natives of Morocco, had direct contact with Islamic State leaders in Syria and were capable of carrying out attacks.

"The alleged suspects circulate Islamic State propaganda material online and dispatched death threats in France and Spain.
"The new Islamic State fighters no longer need to travel to Syria or Iraq in order to be trained.
"The training takes place in the country where the new jihadists live,’’ it said.
The ministry said government had detained 100 alleged Islamists since the beginning of this year.