Spain: Eight men accused of links to al-Qaeda

Madrid, 10 June (AKI) - Spanish police on Tuesday arrested eight suspected members of an Islamist cell with alleged connections to an al-Qaeda group.

The suspects, all from Algeria, are alleged to have helped finance international terrorist activities in Algeria, through the al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb.

In Tuesday's police action, Operacion Submarino, four suspects were arrested in the northern city of Pamplona, three were arrested in Barcelona and one was captured in the north-east province of Castellon.

Spain's Interior Ministry said police had found 7,000 euros in cash, and evidence of money transfers to Algeria, as well telephone cards, CDs, videos and several documents.

Ten other people were detained by Spanish police and suspected of helping the eight who were arrested.

So far in 2008, 27 suspected Islamist militants have been detained in Spain, most of them of Moroccan and Algerian descent.

According to the Interior Ministry says 47 alleged Islamic militants were arrested in Spain last year.


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