London asks for Spanish Islamic terror experts

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8 July 2005, MADRID — A team of Spanish police experts on Islamist terrorism will travel to London by this weekend to help their British colleagues in the investigation into the deadly attacks in the British capital.

8 July 2005

MADRID — A team of Spanish police experts on Islamist terrorism will travel to London by this weekend to help their British colleagues in the investigation into the deadly attacks in the British capital.

In addition, another team of the Spanish police's Tedax bomb-disposal unit will travel to Britain later to provide the expertise they acquired after the 11  March 2004 train bombings in Madrid, which left nearly 200 dead and some 1,500 wounded.

Sources said that the British police contacted their Spanish colleagues to ask for their help after the attacks in London, where at least 50 people were killed and another 700 wounded by four bombs.

Three bombs exploded on packed subway trains and one on board one on a double-decker bus.

The Spanish counter-terrorism officers will meet with members of Britain's MI-6 foreign intelligence service to help them with the investigation into the attacks.

Earlier, Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero conveyed to the British government Spain's "total solidarity" with its European neighbour over the "brutal" terrorist actions committed in London.

Zapatero said such solidarity will translate into the Spanish government's "full cooperation" with efforts to find those who set off the bombs during the morning rush hour.

Speaking to reporters at his offices in Madrid, Zapatero said the terrorists will "never succeed" in getting democratic nations to abandon their principles and values "because the moral strength of democracy is vastly superior to their vile and cowardly methods".

Zapatero spoke shortly after Spain declared a maximum alert to prevent terrorist attacks on its own territory.

"Maximum alert" entails the complete mobilization of security forces to protect places where throngs of people congregate, as well as strategic objectives essential to the normal functioning of society.

The Spanish armed forces will also help protect major transportation infrastructure, strategic objectives and air space.

Zapatero reminded the press that for decades Spain has endured the "blight of terrorism ... (and) we know full well the suffering" it produces.

"We join (Britain) in its pain, as so many peoples of the world joined in ours on other occasions," he said.

The Basque terrorist organisation ETA has waged an armed campaign since 1968, killing over 800 people.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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