Spain holds Algerian-born US citizen over Qaeda funding

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Spanish police have arrested an Algerian-born US citizen suspected of raising funds and laundering money for Al-Qaeda's north African branch, the interior ministry said Wednesday.

Mohamed Omar Debhi was detained on Tuesday in the northeastern city of Barcelona on "over his alleged links to international terrorism," the ministry said in a statement.

Debhi, 43, a US citizen of Algerian origin who lived in Barcelona, is suspected of "terrorist financing of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb" as well as fraud and forgery.

© 2010 AFP

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