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Spain Arrests 6 People Suspected of Recruiting Iraq Insurgents


Spanish police have arrested six people suspected of recruiting Islamic militants to fight in Iraq's insurgency.

Spain's Interior Ministry says the suspects were arrested Wednesday in the northern province of Burgos. It says police searched several homes and a butcher shop and seized documents and computers.

The ministry says the suspects used Internet chat rooms to recruit militants, raise money for jailed terrorists and distribute terrorist propaganda.

Spanish authorities say it is the first time they have broken up an alleged terrorist cell that primarily used the Internet for its activities.

The detainees include an Algerian man thought to have led the group and another man of Moroccan origin.

On Tuesday, a Spanish court charged 22 people with involvement in another terrorist cell accused of recruiting insurgents for Iraq.

Spanish National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon charged 18 suspects with belonging to a terrorist group and another four as suspected collaborators.

One of the suspects is Omar Nakcha, a Moroccan who also is accused of helping terrorists involved in the 2004 Madrid train bombings escape from justice.

Two of the suspects are accused of belonging to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, a network thought to be active in several European countries. The Spanish court issued warrants for their arrest.

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

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