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Paraguayan among 11 people arrested in Spain for suspected links to jihadi group

Regional police officers during a raid against jihad activity in Sabadell, near Barcelona,  Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Regional police officers during a raid against jihad activity in Sabadell, near Barcelona, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  (ap)

A Paraguayan was among the 11 people arrested in northern Spain on Wednesday for suspected links to jihadi terror activity and the Islamic State organization.

Catalan police said the 10 men and a woman were detained in five northeastern towns, including Barcelona, the capital. Among those arrested, nine were Spaniards and one was from Morocco.

Police declined to reveal any more details about the operation, which was coordinated by the National Court in Madrid.

A police statement said some 360 Mossos d'Esquadra regional police officers took part in 13 raids in one of the region's biggest operations against jihadi activity.

Spain has arrested dozens of suspected jihadi militants and recruiters in recent years.

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Last week, police in Catalonia arrested four members of a family, including 16-year-old twin boys who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters.

Based of reporting by The Associated Press.

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