MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Spanish police on Wednesday arrested a Syrian-born man authorities say was crucial to helping the al-Qaida terrorist network finance operations in several countries. It was the third suspected al-Qaida member arrested in Spain in the last 10 days.
Interior Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters that Ghasoub al-Abrash al-Ghalyoun was detained early Wednesday but he didn't give details or say exactly where he was arrested.
On Tuesday, police in Madrid arrested another Syrian-born Spaniard, Muhammed Galeb Kalaje Zouaydi. He was described as a leading figure in financing terrorist operations of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in various countries including the United States.
Rajoy said al-Ghalyoun and another man, Bassan Dalati Satut, "made up a network of businesses that devoted part of their profits to al-Qaida." Satut was arrested in Spain in November.
Rajoy said they sent funds to a number of Islamic radicals including Mamoun Darkazanli, described as an associate of Sept. 11 ringleader Mohamed Atta. The minister said they also sent money to a former resident of Spain, Nabil Nanakli Kosaibati, who is currently in prison in Yemen for an alleged attempted attack on that country's leader.
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