'Lax security made Spain target for al-Qaeda'

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12 July 2004 BARCELONA — A confidential police report revealed al-Qaeda believed Spain was a good target for terrorist attacks because of its low level of security at airports and it public transport system, it was reported Monday. Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported police believed Islamic terrorists also regarded North Africa as a crucial area from which to launch attacks on Spain. Catalonia and other areas in Spain were pinpointed as important points from which to launch attacks by Armed Moroccan

12 July 2004
 
BARCELONA — A confidential police report revealed al-Qaeda believed Spain was a good target for terrorist attacks because of its low level of security at airports and it public transport system, it was reported Monday.
 
Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported police believed Islamic terrorists also regarded North Africa as a crucial area from which to launch attacks on Spain.
 
Catalonia and other areas in Spain were pinpointed as important points from which to launch attacks by Armed Moroccan Group, a hard-line terror group credited with the bomb attack in Casablanca last year in which 45 people were killed. 

The report, written by an intelligence unit of the Mossos d'Esquedra, the regional Catalan police, said the same group which bombed Casablanca were also responsible for the Madrid attacks.

The report was dated 14 March – three days after the Madrid bomb attacks.

It says terrorists had been quietly preparing attacks in Catalonia for some time.

The report says the Islamic Armed Group, which comes from an orthodox branch of the Muslim religion called Salafist, defended terrorist action as a means to return land to Muslims.

A group allied to this organisation tried to discredit a more moderate imam in Catalonia in an effort to develop support for their cause.

It also says one of the leaders of this group is Abdeladium Akaoui, who was arrested in Badalona, a part of Barcelona by the National Police Force in November last year was linked to the Casablanca attacks.

The report says this group of radicals have support in different parts of Catalonia, including Tarragona, Maresme and Baix Llobregat.

Among Pakistani immigrants to Barcelona there are radical elements, the report said, which would support al-Qaeda.

This support takes the form of getting false documents and logistical help for members of the Islamic Armed Group.

But it stresses that Muslim immigrants are not terrorists, it is just extremists who are linked to al-Qaeda.

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