Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Al Qaeda-Linked Islamist Suspects Arrested in Spain

(Bilbao, Spain) The Spanish Interior Ministry announced that 13 alleged Islamist extremists were arrested last night in the northern city of Bilbao. Twelve were identified as Algerian and one is an Iraqi.
All those arrested are accused of belonging to an organised criminal gang which sent part of its takings to the Islamic Magreb Al Qaeda group. Money raised in Spain from burglaries, drug trafficking, credit card falsification and even begging was allegedly sent on to Algeria.
Months-long investigations in run-of-the-mill crime led to the arrests. Police say that more arrests are possible.

Also: The Jawa Report

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