Qaeda-linked cell arrested in France

20th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

Eight men suspected of links with Al-Qaeda's Branch in the Islamic Maghreb in the Paris region and the northern city of Rouen

   PARIS, December 20, 2007 - France's DST counter-espionage agency has
arrested eight men suspected of links with Al-Qaeda's Branch in the Islamic
Maghreb in the Paris region and the northern city of Rouen, the daily Le
Figaro reported Thursday.
   It said the seven Algerians and one Frenchman were arrested on Tuesday on
suspicion of providing computer and telecommunications material to members of
Al-Qaeda's Branch in the Islamic Maghreb (BAQMI), previously known as the
Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).
   The newspaper said investigators don't believe the group was planning any
attacks on French soil.
   It said the group, initially being held for 96 hours, had already been
known to authorities and had been under surveillance.
   Al-Qaeda's Branch in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the
deadly twin car bombings in the Algerian capital on December 11 that killed 41
people and a series of other attacks in Algeria.

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