Four more Islamic radicals arrested

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9 November 2004, MADRID-Spanish police have arrested another wanted Islamic radical in connection with a plot to blow up the supreme court and the Real Madrid football stadium.

9 November 2004

MADRID-Spanish police have arrested another wanted Islamic radical in connection with a plot to blow up the supreme court and the Real Madrid football stadium.

Algerian Mohamed Khouni Boualem, known as Abadía, who is linked to a plot to bomb the Audiencia Nacional, or supreme criminal court, was arrested late on Monday.

Judge Baltasar Garzón, Spain's leading anti-terrorist judge, had ordered the arrest of Boualem.

He was arrested in Valencia in north-east Spain.

The latest arrest follows the detention of three other Islamic radicals as part of the same investigation.

Since October 17, 32 people have been detained and 34 arrested as part of operation Nova, which according to the Spanish interior ministry has succeeded in dismantling a "radical, violent Islamic group". 

An initial group of 17 men who met in prison between 2001 and 2003 under radical Algerian leader Mohamed Achraf was broken up in mid-October.

Achraf is currently in prison in Switzerland pending extradition to Spain.

Investigating judge Baltasar Garzon said the men had planned to blow up buildings such as Spain's Audiencia Nacional, or supreme court, and had links to those who perpetrated Madrid's 11 March train attacks which killed 191 people.

The second group of men arrested under Nova, which included the three men who were detained in custody, were accused of targeting Madrid train stations and Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu football stadium.

Among the three is 34-year-old Maroccan Fayçal Allouch, who was arrested 21 March and later released in the wake of the 11 March attacks.

According to judge Garzon, Allouch held hard-core, Islamic propaganda gatherings at his home that were attended by such figures as Sarham Ben Abdelmajd Fakhet, one of the 11 March suspects who blew himself up during a police raid.

The judge also ordered Algerians Djamel Sediki and Reda Cherif to be detained.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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