'Leader of two Islamic terrorist cells' is arrested
12 January 2006, BARCELONA — Police have arrested the alleged leader of two Islamic terrorist cells which recruited muyahadin to fight in the Iraqi insurgency.
12 January 2006
BARCELONA — Police have arrested the alleged leader of two Islamic terrorist cells which recruited muyahadin to fight in the Iraqi insurgency.
Omar Nakhcha was detained in Santa Coloma de Gramanet, a town near Barcelona.
It follows a major police operation on Tuesday in which 20 suspected terrorists, said to be involved in recruiting suicide bombers for the Iraqi insurgency, were detained in raids in Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque Country.
Sources close to the investigation said Nakhcha's arrest may also help police find three terrorists linked to the Madrid bombings in which 191 people were killed and more than 1,500 injured.
Among those detained earlier in the week, was an imam from a mosque in Vilanova i la Geltru in Catalonia.
The suspects are accused of indoctrinating people to send them to become suicide bombers in Iraq.
Guardia Civil officers detained members of a group in Barcelona, who are believed to have sent a suicide bomber who attacked an Italian army base in southern Iraq on 12 November 2003, killing 19 soldiers.
It is the second operation against groups who allegedly recruit fighters or muyahadin to fight in Iraq.
Last year, a total of 90 suspected Islamic terrorists were detained in Spain.
Among those were 16 who were allegedly recruiting insurgency fighters in Iraq.
The operation follows another arrest last week of Mohammed Aberrada in Torremolinos near Malaga under an international arrest warrant issued by Morocco.
Aberrada is accused of belonging to the Armed Salafist Group linked to al-Qaeda.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news