'Organised gang' supported Islamic terrorists
16 September 2004, BARCELONA – Police said Thursday they had found false passports and identity papers, video clips and books about Osama Bin Laden in the homes of ten people arrested in connection with Islamic terrorism.
16 September 2004
BARCELONA – Police said Thursday they had found false passports and identity papers, video clips and books about Osama Bin Laden in the homes of ten people arrested in connection with Islamic terrorism.
Legal sources said despite the seizures, no weapons or explosives were found during raids on the homes of ten Pakistani men in Barcelona.
Police raided two flats in the Ciutat Vella and Raval areas of Barcelona in the early hours of Wednesday.
The raids were the result of a police investigation into forged passports but detectives now believe the suspects may have links to funding Islamic terrorist groups outside Spain.
Sources said that they were thought to have given financial support to a "low-level" Islamic terrorist group.
Police refused to disclose what had been found on the video clips.
But they did say some books about al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden were discovered.
The Mossos d'Esquadra,the regional police force in Catalonia which carried out the raids, denied the ten suspects were themselves part of a terrorist cell.
A police spokesman said: "We are not talking about an Islamic terrorist group but a support group for radicals outside Spain.
"There is no mention of an al-Qaeda cell."
The investigation was launched after an earlier probe into a gang making forged DVDs, mobile phones and other electrical goods in Barcelona.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news