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Spain arrests three suspected Al Qaeda members

Police have denied reports the men had poison and explosives in their possession.

SPANISH POLICE say they have arrested three suspected members of Al Qaeda.

A spokesman said the Russian, Chechen and Turk suspects were taken into custody. He said further details would be provided by Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz later today.

He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police regulations.

Spanish news reports said the men had explosives and poison when they were detained at La Linea, a town close to the disputed British colony of Gibraltar. It said they are believed to have been trained in Pakistan and practiced hang-gliding.

The police spokesman denied the three suspects had poison and said he knew nothing about explosives.

Spanish police have arrested dozens of AlĀ Qaeda suspects since 2001

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