Aznar warns of terror attacks on US election

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22 September 2004, WASHINGTON - The former Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, warned terrorists linked to the Al-Qaeda terror network may attempt to disrupt the US presidential election on 2 November, it was reported Wednesday.

22 September 2004

WASHINGTON - The former Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, warned terrorists linked to the Al-Qaeda terror network may attempt to disrupt the US presidential election on 2 November, it was reported Wednesday.

"I believe the terrorists will wish to be present at the November election, either through direct actions here in America or indirectly," Aznar, who lost office in March, said in a lecture at Georgetown University in Washington.

"The pressure to demonstrate that they (al-Qaeda) are not losing the war is very intense. It is so intense that they maybe tempted to attack here in order to influence the electoral process," the ex Spanish leader said.

Aznar's rightwing Popular Party lost a general election three days after simultaneous commuter train bombings killed 191 and injured 1,900 in Madrid on 11 March, marking Spain's worst terrorist attack.

As prime minister, Aznar had sent troops to Iraq to support the war that toppled Saddam Hussein, but they were pulled out of the country following thepoll victory of socialist Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Aznar spoke in his new role as an associate professor at the university.

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Subject: Spanish news

 

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