Friday 21 June 2013
Spain arrests 'terror recruiters'
Militants are being recruited to fight for groups linked to Ayman al-Zawahri's al Qaida in Syria
Spanish police have arrested eight people suspected of recruiting jihadist militants for al Qaida-linked groups in Syria.
The Interior Ministry said the arrests were made early on Friday in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, which is on the northwest African coast, surrounded by Morocco on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other.
A ministry statement said the group was suspected of sending dozens of potential fighters to Syria, some of whom had carried out suicide attacks. It says others had been sent to training camps.
The ministry said the group gathered recruits and provided them with the money and the means to travel abroad under the orders of al Qaida.
Details of the identities of those arrested were not immediately available.