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Last Updated: Friday, 9 December 2005, 13:36 GMT
Spain holds seven terror suspects
Police arrest suspects
The arrests were the latest in relation to the Salafist Group
At least seven people have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of helping to fund an Islamist terror group said to have links with al-Qaeda.

None of the suspects - who include six men and a women - is Spanish. Their nationalities have not been revealed.

Police made the arrest during raids in Malaga, Torremolinos and Marbella in the Costa del Sol.

Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso there was no reason to believe they had plans for an imminent attack in Spain.

He said the detainees were suspected of raising money and providing logistical support for the Salafist Group for Call and Combat - an Algerian-based extremist group.

He said the group was "perfectly structured", had a hierarchy and was dedicated to committing petty crime and forging documents and credit cards.

Mr Alonso added that money was sent to Algeria either in person or through a complex system of bank transfers that made it difficult to trace.

Police say the investigation continues open and they do not rule out further arrests.

In November, 10 people were arrested on suspicion of being a support cell for the Salafist Group.


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