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Arms cache reveals Isis cell planned bold attack in Spain

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Arms cache reveals Isis cell planned bold attack in Spain
The weapons were buried in a cardboard box. Photo: Interior Ministry
10:45 CEST+02:00
A weapons cache, an Isis flag and a list of potential targets have been discovered by police in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta.

Spanish police discovered the arsenal buried on a plot of waste land and a pen drive confirms links to Isis, which had pinpointed several target locations in the region. 

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Officers from Spain's Civil Guard discovered an arms cache - that included an Isis flag - in Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta last Thursday.


The weapons were buried in a cardboard box. Photo: Interior Ministry 

Police revealed on Tuesday that analysis of a pen drive found at the scene confirmed the weapons were linked to Isis.

The pen drive was wiped clean but police managed to restore some material, which dated back to 2014, and found "six targets set out in Ceuta, all outdoor spaces where crowds gather", according to local newspaper El Faro Digital.

The box contained an Isis flag alongside "two machine guns, four handguns and several knives, as well as ammunition", Spain's Interior Ministry confirmed. 


The weapons were discovered with an Isis flag. Photo: Interior Ministry 

The weapons were still in a "perfect state of preservation" according to the ministry's statement. 

The Civil Guard confirmed that an investigation into the origin of the weapons had been launched. 

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