POLICE have detained eight individuals with suspected al-Qaeda links following raids in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of recruiting jihadist fighters to go to Syria and elsewhere, as well as providing funding, indoctrination and travel for them.

“We have broken up a network responsible for sending combatants to Al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups operating in Syria,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

It explained that dozens of people had left both Ceuta and Moroccan territory under the cover of the al-Qaeda-linked network and several groups of would-be fighters were still expecting to travel from Spain to Syria.

Some of the jihadists had taken part in suicide attacks, while others had joined training camps to prepare for armed action.

The ministry added that the investigation will continue.

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