Madrid Al-Qaeda cell ‘could have been bigger’
7 March 2007, MADRID – A police inspector told the Madrid bombing trial on Wednesday it was possible the 13 leaders of the attacks were helped by others.
7 March 2007
MADRID – A police inspector told the Madrid bombing trial on Wednesday it was possible the 13 leaders of the attacks were helped by others.
The witness, whose identity is being kept secret, said he could not discount the possibility the 13 ‘material authors’ of the bombings were supported by others who ‘kept watch’ or may have planted the bombs.
The so-called ‘material authors’ are those who allegedly planted the bombs.
The officer, from the Central Information Unit which carries out intelligence reports, was giving evidence nearly two weeks after the trial began.
Twenty-nine people are accused of playing varying roles in the train bombings in March 2004 in which 191 people died and more than 1,800 people were injured.
The inspector said in the flat in Leganes in Madrid, where seven terrorists blew themselves up weeks after the attacks, police found genetic material which did not correspond to any of the people identified with the attacks, raising the possibility others had been involved.
The terrorists blew themselves up when they realised they were surrounded by police.
Police believe between 10 and 13 people planted the bombs on the trains.
Each bag contained between 11 and 13 kilogrammes of explosives, meaning they would have had to have been carried each by one person because they were heavy.
The inspector said Al Qaeda worked like a “spider’s web” with its cells acting autonomously.
“It is not like terrorist groups like ETA which unfortunately we have to suffer,” he said.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news