Five Islamic terror suspects arrested

14th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 December 2004, MADRID-Spanish authorities arrested five people suspected of being part of an Islamic terrorist network, including one linked directly to the March 11 commuter-train bombings in Madrid.

14 December 2004

MADRID-Spanish authorities arrested five people suspected of being part of an Islamic terrorist network, including one linked directly to the March 11 commuter-train bombings in Madrid.

Investigators told EFE that the arrests were made in Vitoria, in the north, the eastern city of Teruel and Madrid as part of an ongoing police operation.

Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said two of the five suspects were involved in the 11 March terrorist attack that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500 others.

Three others allegedly belonged to a radical Islamic group that had been partially dismantled in Barcelona last year, according to Alonso.

The minister, who was in Toledo for an international seminar on terrorism, told reporters that the Barcelona group was linked to another cell that had tried to carry out attacks in France.

Alonso said the suspects were members of a radical Islamic group and posed a potential threat to the security of Spain.

The minister said Spanish police were continuing the investigation, but he declined to provide further details.

The arrests came the day after Rabei Osman El Sayed, known as "Mohammed the Egyptian," began testifying before a Spanish court.

The suspect, identified Monday in an identification parade as one of the people who frequented the farm house where the bombs used in the 11 March attacks were made, is considered the mastermind behind the attacks.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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