Major boost in fight against Islamic terrorism

28th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

28 September 2004, MADRID – The fight against Islamic terrorism will be one of the major thrusts of the Spanish government's budget for next year, it was announced Tuesday.

28 September 2004

MADRID – The fight against Islamic terrorism will be one of the major thrusts of  the Spanish government's budget for next year, it was announced Tuesday.

Spending on the Spanish secret service, or CNI, will rise by 17 percent to EUR 189 million because of what the government said were the "new risks and threats of this century".

More than 650 police and Guardia Civil will be dedicated to preventing more attacks by Islamic terrorists like the train bombings which killed 191 people in Madrid in March.

Special training is to be given to the armed forces in how to deal with nuclear, biological and chemical attacks.

The government is also going to create 300 new specialist posts for police and Guardia Civil officers to combat Islamic terrorism.

Another 357 police officers will be assigned to provide support in collecting intelligence to support the fight against Islamic terrorism.

The rise in the budget for the Interior Ministry, which has responsibility for the CNI, police and Guardia Civil, was announced Tuesday as part of the government's general budget for 2005.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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