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Suspected leader of Islamic militant cell arrested in Spain

The alleged leader of an Islamic militant cell in Spain who escaped arrest in June when eight of his suspected colleagues were detained has been taken into custody, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Monday, quoted by CNN. The suspect, Yassin Ahmed Laarbi, a Spaniard, was arrested Monday in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Morocco’s north coast, where the eight other suspects also were detained on June 21, an Interior Ministry statement said.
The suspected cell was “a structure based in Spain, with connections in Morocco, Belgium, Turkey and Syria, dedicated to radicalizing, recruiting and sending mujahedeen (fighters) to Syria with the aim of conducting jihad and achieving martyrdom,” according to a court order issued in June.
In that order, Judge Ismael Moreno of Spain’s National Court ruled that the eight suspected Islamic militants should remain in prison on preliminary charges alleging membership in a terrorist group.
The group has connections to the Jabhat al-Nusra front, described as an active al Qaeda group in and around Syria, and to the Iraq Islamic State in Iraq, but “there are increasing references to carrying out jihad at home,” the judge warned at the time, referring to potential attacks in Spain.

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