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Spain accuses seven of funding islamic militants

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Police in Spain have arrested seven people suspected of providing money and logistical support to an Algerian group linked to Al-Qaeda.

The militant organisation alleged to have benefited from the financing is the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat. The arrests, on the country’s Costa del Sol, come after 11 people were taken into custody last month. Police say further arrests are likely as the investigation continues. “There is nothing which might lead us to think the suspects had plans for imminent attacks in Spain,” said Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso. Spanish police have stepped up their efforts against Islamist militants since last year’s Al Qaeda-linked bomb attacks on four Madrid commuter trains. It is alleged the seven people arrested on the Costa del Sol obtained the illegal funding from theft, smuggling and credit card fraud.