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Spanish police have arrested the suspected organizer of a ring smuggling migrants from Western Sahara to the Canary Islands and the captain of a trafficking boat from among a group of migrants recently arrived in the islands.

The 40-year-old Senegalese man was part of a trafficking organization based in Laayoune in the disputed territory of Western Sahara that chartered boats to take migrants to the Spanish islands, which lie off the coast, police said.

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