New links between Madrid bombings and 9/11

29th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 November 2004, MADRID- A man suspected of triggering the bombings of Spanish trains last March may also have met with the suicide hijackers who attacked the United States in 2001, a Spanish newspaper reported.

29 November 2004

MADRID- A man suspected of triggering the bombings of Spanish trains last March may also have met with the suicide hijackers who attacked the United States in 2001, a Spanish newspaper reported.

The Spanish daily ABC said the US Federal Bureau of Investigation is linking the Madrid bombings, in which 191 people were killed and some 1,900 injured, with the 11 September, 2001 attacks carried out by Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network.

While it did not provide the name of the Al-Qaeda "link", the newspaper said that the man arrived in Spain in the winter of 2003 "with the order to activate the 11 March cell" of the network.

It said he was the "third person" who took part in a meeting in Tarragona, northeast Spain in July 2001 along with Mohammed Atta, widely believed to have led the suicide hijackers, and Ramzi Binalshibh, their suspected financier.

Atta piloted a hijacked airliner into the World Trade Center on 11 September.

Binalshibh, a Yemeni national, is in US custody.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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