Police arrest 12 in swoop on Islamic extremists

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1 April 2005, MADRID- Spanish police have arrested 12 people in connection with Islamic extremists and those who carried out the Madrid train bombings last year, the interior ministry announced.

1 April 2005

MADRID- Spanish police have arrested 12 people in connection with Islamic extremists and those who carried out the Madrid train bombings last year, the interior ministry announced.

The ministry said four of those arrested had close links to Youssef Belhadj, believed to be Al-Qaeda's spokesman in Europe and who arrived in Madrid earlier Friday after being extradited from Belgium on suspicion of involvement in the 11 March attacks, in which 191 people were killed.

The ministry added that six of those detained were Moroccans.

Three were Syrians, one an Egyptian, another a Palestinian and one an Algerian, the ministry said.

Details of the arrests were still scant.

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Subject: Spanish news

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