December 9, 2005

Spanish police arrest 8 linked to Islamist militants

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested eight
Algerians on Spain's southern coast suspected of helping fund
Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda, state radio said on

Police confirmed they were involved in an operation to
crack down on suspected Islamist militants on Spain's Costa del
Sol, but declined to give details.

Police arrested the suspects -- seven men and a woman -- on
the order of a Spanish court and are holding them in the
southern city of Malaga, the radio said, citing sources close
to the investigation.

The arrest operation started on Thursday night in houses in
different coastal locations, including the holiday resorts of
Torremolinos and Marbella, it said.

The detainees are accused of funding the Salafist Group for
Preaching and Combat, Algeria's largest outlawed militant
group, the report added.

Last month, Spain arrested 10 people linked to the same
group in raids in the country's south following a 10-month
investigation by police.

Spain has been on guard against Islamist militants
following last year's bomb attacks on Madrid commuter trains
that killed 191 people.