Police shut down terror cell in Barcelona

Dec. 1, 2010 at 8:51 AM

BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Police in Barcelona, Spain, arrested seven people and shut down a cell officials said supplied documents to al-Qaida, Spain's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

A similar operation in Thailand resulted in three arrests, Spanish officials said in a release.

The ministry said cell members stole documents and sent them to Thailand, where they were forged and passed along to terrorist groups with ties to al-Qaida.

In the Barcelona operation, police seized documents and equipment, including passports, a computer, computer hard drives and memory cards, cell phones and a variety of currency.

Police in Spain and Thailand have been working together for 18 months investigating the operation, the ministry said.

The ministry said shutting down the cell weakened al-Qaida's counterfeiting operations.

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