Militants' arrest foils High Court bomb plan

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19 October 2004, MADRID - Eight suspected Islamic militants have been arrested in raids across Spain, police said Tuesday.

19 October 2004

MADRID - Eight suspected Islamic militants have been arrested in raids across Spain, police said Tuesday.

Judicial sources said Monday's operations had foiled a planned bomb attack on the High Court using a lorry filled with 500kg of explosives, according sources close to the investigation.

The interior ministry said further arrests could be made imminently, as police moved against what was described as an active Islamic militant group.

Among the cash and documents seized, police also found a 'manual of martyrdom' in which the alleged terrorists said they planned to blow themselves up.

It is seven months since Islamic militants launched bomb attacks on trains as they arrived in Madrid, killing 191 people.

Around 20 suspects are being held in custody because of alleged links to the attacks.

A further seven were killed when their explosives blew up as police approached their hide-out in Madrid.

Six of those arrested on Monday have been named as Smail Latrech, Ali Omar (or "Jelloul"), Djamel Merabet, Mourat Yala (or "Abu Anas"), Ahmed Mohamed and Magid Mchmacha.

The other was identified only by the name Medhi, the Spanish news agency EFE reported.

An eighth person, who has not been named, was arrested Tuesday in Pamplona in northern Spain.

Police said the operation was launched after they received information from an imam who works undercover for the Moroccan secret service. 

Four of the suspects were held in Almeria, one in Valencia, one in Madrid and one in Malaga.

They were said to include at least four Algerians and one Moroccan. Most were illegal immigrants working on farms in the south of Spain.

"The ring is composed of Muslims that are residents in Spain," an interior ministry statement said.

Police have seized a large quantity of documents and EUR 2,000 in cash.

It said the suspects had been in contact with other individuals in Europe, the United States and Australia.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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