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Mauritanian Police Arrest Suspected Terrorists with Ties to al-Qaida

Police in Mauritania say security forces have arrested the leaders of a terrorist cell with alleged links to al-Qaida.

The detainees are said to be prominent leaders in the guerrilla group, Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat.

A statement from the national police says seven people were arrested earlier this week as they returned from the group's training camp in Algeria. The detainees are said to be among a total of 20 guerrillas who were sent to the camp for training.