Spain Seizes 20,000 Uniforms Being Sent to ISIS, Nusra Front Fighters

Police conducted counterterrorism operation last month in the port cities of Valencia and Algeciras, where officers opened three shipping containers.

Spanish police prepare to enter a building during an operation in Spain's northern African enclave of Ceuta, in this still image from video released February 23, 2016.
Spanish police prepare to enter a building during an operation in Spain's northern African enclave of Ceuta, in this still image from video released February 23, 2016. Credit: Reuters

Spain's Interior Ministry has announced the seizure of 20,000 military-style uniforms being sent to fighters from the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front.

The ministry says that police conducted a counterterrorism operation last month in the port cities of Valencia and Algeciras, where officers opened three shipping containers. Authorities found the uniforms and other military accessories.

A ministry statement released Thursday said that police arrested seven people on suspicion of providing logistical and financial support to IS and the Nusra Front, Al-Qaida's branch in Syria.

The police operation "neutralized a very active and efficient business network whose primary purpose was to supply, maintain and strengthen" IS, according to the statement. The uniforms were declared as "secondhand clothing" in a bid to avoid raising suspicion while passing through customs.

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