Spanish police have arrested a Tunisian man on suspicion of having links to al-Qaida.

The Interior Ministry in Madrid says they arrested 44-year-old Chafik Jalal in Malaga, as part of an investigation into the activities of an Islamic terrorist cell believed to have recruited for al-Qaida. They gave few other details.

Spanish police arrested most of the cell's members in December. They say Jalal was not in Spain at that time.

Interior Ministry officials say he is suspected of helping the group supply false passports and other documents.

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