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Spain Arrests 10 in Anti-Terrorism Operation


Spanish police have arrested 10 people suspected of setting up a support network for an Islamic extremist group linked to al-Qaida.

Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso told reporters the suspects are members of a cell linked to the Algerian-based Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat.

Officials say the 10 were detained in and around the Spanish provinces of Alicante and Murcia, and the city of Grenada. They are suspected of involvement in drug trafficking and credit card fraud.

The arrests followed an investigation into ties between the cell and other groups in Germany, Belgium, Britain and Denmark.

Spain has arrested more than 150 suspected terrorists over the last two years, mostly in connection with last year's Madrid train bombings.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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