New arrest in hunt for gang which funded terror

16th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 December 2005, ALICANTE — Spanish police have arrested another suspect accused of financing an Algerian terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda.

16 December 2005

ALICANTE — Spanish police have arrested another suspect accused of financing an Algerian terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda.

Hichem Canit, an Algerian, is alleged to be part of an 11-strong gang which was arrested last month in Alicante, Granada and Murcia.

The gang were accused of providing financing and logistical support to the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, which has declared allegiance to al-Qaeda.

Four have already been charged.

Canit, 31, was detained after information was obtained during the raids on 23 November.

Meanwhile, two days ago, three men were charged with financing and providing logistical support for the same Algerian Islamic extremist group.

The three Algerians, among seven people arrested last week in Spain's Costa del Sol region, were charged with collaborating with an armed group and were held in custody.

An Algerian woman was released without charge.

The three other suspects, including an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, an Algerian man and a Spanish woman, were also released later.

The Salafist Group for Call and Combat has fought against Algeria's government since 1992, when the military cancelled legislative elections that religious parties appeared set to win.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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