Bombers planned New York station attack
2 Madrid 2005, MADRID- The people who bombed four suburban trains in Madrid last year had also planned to attack New York's Grand Central railway station, it was reported.
2 Madrid 2005
MADRID- The people who bombed four suburban trains in Madrid last year had also planned to attack New York's Grand Central railway station, it was reported.
The Spanish daily El Mundo, quoting sources close to the investigation, reported the bombers had a detailed plan of the building on a computer disk.
"They were preparing an attack," the report quoted the sources as saying, adding that two weeks after the Madrid atrocity-which killed 191 people on 11 March -police found the disk showing a hand-drawn station layout at the home of Mouhannad Almallah Dabas, a 41-year-old of Syrian origin.
Police combed the suspect's apartment between 24-26 March but given the amount of technical information the searches turned up Spanish investigators only got to the bottom of the contents in December, when they informed the FBI and CIA.
Mouhannad Almallah, arrested two weeks after the Madrid attacks on 24 March, was provisionally freed after questioning by judge Juan del Olmo, who is leading the investigation into the Spanish bombings.
According to the paper, Mouhannad Almallah was living in the flat of his brother Moutaz Almallah, who has been at large since January 2002 and is allegedly a member of the underground Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda.
According to the report, the Spanish authorities do not know who drew up the documents found in the brothers' apartment but handed it over to their US counterparts given that some of the perpetrators of the 11 September attacks in the United States also prepared the attacks in Spain.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news