Three arrested for 'funding Madrid bombings'

24th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2005, MADRID — Spanish authorities arrested three Moroccans suspected of helping to fund the Madrid train bombings last year, the interior ministry said.

24 May 2005

MADRID — Spanish authorities arrested three Moroccans suspected of helping to fund the Madrid train bombings last year, the interior ministry said.

Two men were detained in Madrid and a third in the southern city of Granada over their role in the 11 March attacks, according to police.

The trio, from the northern Moroccan city of Tangiers, are suspected of links to arms and drugs trafficking, and are thought to have supplied weapons to the train bombers, according to the ministry.

Spain's worst terrorist attack, the bombing of 10 commuter trains in and around Madrid, left 191 people dead and 1,900 injured.

Spanish authorities have already detained 25 people on suspicion of involvement in the bombings, although none has yet been formally charged.

The ministry named the three as 20-yer-old Mourad Bhar, alias "Ismael", and Abdelkhalak Chergui, 29, both detained in Madrid, and Abdelhak Chergui, the 32-year-old brother of the second suspect.

According to the ministry, police seized numerous documents after picking up the trio, thought to have links to blast suspects Fakhet Sarhane Ben Abdelmajid, alias "the Tunisian", Faissal Allouch and Mohamed Belhadj.

Spanish police said Abdelkhalak Chergui had made several trips to the Netherlands, Belgium and Morocco in the weeks preceding the attacks, sparking suspicion he could have been involved in the blasts' preparation.

He also sold mobile telephones to Abdelmajid and is alleged to have distributed forged Belgian papers to radical activists, one of whom, Jamal Hamidan, is believed to have been one of the bombers.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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