BERLIN (AP) — A suspected sympathizer of the Islamic State group who recently fled from Spain has been arrested at a residence for asylum seekers in southwestern Germany, authorities said Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Moroccan resident of Spain was arrested on Tuesday in the Ludwigsburg area, just outside Stuttgart, the state criminal police office in Baden-Wuerttemberg said. It added that the man had been there under a false identity.
The Spanish Interior Ministry, which first announced the arrest, said the man had been active in disseminating propaganda for the Islamic State armed group on Internet social networks. It said he had expressed his intention of joining the group in Syria and had urged others to go with him.
A statement from the ministry said he left Spain following the arrest July 7 of a Spanish woman who allegedly sought to recruit pre-teen girls and teenagers to send to the Islamic State group.