Judge says local Islamic cell planned Madrid massacre
10 April 2006, MADRID — The judge investigating the Madrid train bombings will conclude 191 people were killed by a local Islamic cell inspired by al-Qaeda, it was reported.
10 April 2006
MADRID — The judge investigating the Madrid train bombings will conclude 191 people were killed by a local Islamic cell inspired by al-Qaeda, it was reported.
The Spanish daily El Pais reported high court judge Juan del Olmo's indictment will say the Islamic terrorists were inspired by a radical website called Global Islamic Media (GIM).
The 1,000-page indictment, due to be published on Tuesday, will reject any involvement of the Basque terrorist organisation ETA, claims the paper.
The terrorists behind the attacks were inspired by the messages on the GIM website which specifically advocated attacks on Spain before the general election of 14 March 2004.
The newspaper reports two of the ringleaders who led the attack, Jamal Ahimidan, called El Chino, and Serhane Abdelmajid Fakhet, known as El Tunecino, consulted the website between September and December 2003.
The website included a document recommending attacks on Spain before the elections.
It said: "It is necessary to make the most use of the upcoming elections. We think the Spanish government will not be able to tolerate more than two attacks, three at the most, after which it will have to pull its troops out of Iraq."
Three days after the train bombings which also injured more than 1,500 people, Spaniards voted in the Socialist government which promptly withdrew troops from Iraq.
About 30 people are expected to be formally charged in relation to the attacks.
A trial, expected to last up to 10 months, will take place later this year or next.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news