Spanish police smash al-Qaeda ring in Ceuta

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Spanish police smash al-Qaeda ring in Ceuta

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Spanish police in the north African enclave of Ceuta have arrested eight people on suspicion of recruiting jihadist fighters to go to Syria and elsewhere.

They are accused of belonging to a network linked to al-Qaeda
and funding, indoctrinating, and facilitating travel for would-be fighters.

Police said the cell had a base in the Moroccan town of Fnideq.

The authorities said dozens of people have left Ceuta in recent years to fight abroad, some of them minors. Some had perished in suicide attacks, while others had joined training camps. All of the arrested suspects are Spanish nationals.

More details will be given at a news conference on Saturday.