An undated handout photograph of Fauzia Allal Mohamed, one of two women who were arrested in Melilla on suspicion of they allegedly wanted to make contact with an Al Qaeda's network. Picture: SPANISH HOME MINISTRY

Madrid -

Spanish police say they have arrested two female Spaniards, one a minor, who planned to travel to Iraq or Syria to enlist in the Islamic State jihadist group.

An Interior Ministry statement says the pair was arrested on Saturday in Spain's north African enclave city of Melilla as they prepared to enter neighbouring Morocco.

Once there, police say the two women were to be sent imminently to an area between Iraq and Syria.

The elder woman was identified as Fauzia Allal Mohamed, 19. There were no details on the younger woman in Monday's statement.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadist militants and recruiters in recent years, especially in its two North African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla. - Sapa-AP