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MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Police arrested at least 10 suspected members of the al-Qaida terrorist group in raids early Friday in northeastern Spain, an Interior Ministry official said.
The detainees are believed to belong to an al-Qaida cell in Spain, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He said the operation was ongoing and that there could be more arrests.
The raids were carried out in at least a dozen apartments in the northeastern provinces of Barcelona and Gerona, the spokesman said, without providing further details. There was no information released about the identities of the detained.
Spanish National Radio cited unidentified officials as saying the detainees had been trained in guerrilla camps run by Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Spain has arrested more than 20 people with alleged connections to al-Qaida over the past year. Only a dozen remain in prison, while the rest have been freed on bail.
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