Published On: Sat, Jun 22nd, 2013

Spain authorities arrest 8 jihad recruiters in Ceuta seeking fighters to go to Syria

The Spanish security forces broke up an al Qaeda linked network and arrested eight suspects  in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in north Africa, the government said. Police say the network was based in the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta and the Moroccan city of Fnideq.

“We have broken up a network responsible for sending combatants to al Qaeda linked terrorist groups operating in Syria,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Those arrested are suspected of funding, indoctrinating and facilitating travel for those who pledge to fight.

In a statement, the ministry of interior said dozens of people, some of them under 18, had left both Ceuta and Moroccan territory under the cover of the al-Qaeda-linked network.

Some of them had taken part in suicide attacks, while others had joined training camps to prepare for armed action, the ministry said.

Several groups of jihadists were still expecting to travel from Spain to Syria, the ministry statement said, adding that the investigation was still ongoing.

“We are aware that they facilitated the travel of a number of persons from Ceuta, Morocco and other places in Spain, via Turkey,” Mr Fernandez Diaz said.

BBC has a ton more details, here


IBT detailed the story with this introduction:

Rachid Wahbi, a 33-year-old cab driver from the Spanish North African city of Ceuta left his wife and two young children to fight for Islamic jihad in Syria. On June 1 of that year he blew himself up in a suicide attack against Syrian troops at a military camp in Idlib, 43 miles southwest of Aleppo, causing 130 casualties.

This was the most compelling detail released Saturday by Spanish authorities who offered more details into the eight men arrested in a Friday raid on a Ceuta residence, suspected of operating an Al-Qaeda-affiliated recruitment cell that channeled Sunni militant jihadists to fight in Syria. The names of the men have not been released. The Spanish Interior Ministry says the suspects are now in Madrid.

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