Spanish police have arrested ten people in southern Spain in a major operation against an Algerian group linked to Al-Qaeda. The arrests were made in Alicante, Granada and Murcia. Those arrested were members of an Algerian Salafist group with links to Al-Qaeda. Police sources said the suspects were accused of manufacturing false credit cards and peddling drugs in order to finance terrorism.
Police seized EUR 35,000 in cash, a large degree of documentation and false credit cards. Raids were carried out in central Alicante by masked anti-terrorist Civil Guard officers.
The arrests took place in an area popular with Algerians where there are a number of locutorios, or phone exchanges. Three people are still being sought. In Granada, the raids were carried out in an area of shops.
Since the 9/11 attacks in the United States, about 200 people allegedly linked to Islamic terrorism have been arrested in Spain.
In raids earlier this year, 16 suspects were detained in Barcelona, Valencia and CÃ¡diz.
Among those were 11 alleged members of Ansar El Islam, linked to the Iraqi insurgency.
Five others were said to have been linked to the Madrid bombings last year in which 191 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured.