Town unaware of bomber neighbours

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18 August 2004, MADRID - Residents of Arbolote expressed their surprise on Wednesday that an apartment in their Granada suburb had been used as a safe house by two of the ringleaders of the 11 March train bombings in Madrid.

18 August 2004

MADRID - Residents of Arbolote expressed their surprise on Wednesday that an apartment in their Granada suburb had been used as a safe house by two of the ringleaders of the 11 March train bombings in Madrid.

The fingerprints of both Jamal Ahmidan "El Chino" and Asrih Risaat Anouar had been found in the flat, police announced on Tuesday.

The mayor of Arbolote, which forms part of the Granada metropolitan area, Concepción Ramírez, said townsfolk “didn’t see anything unusual or were even aware” that the two men had been staying in their midst.

"Neither the local police nor the town’s Civil Guards knew anything, and much less the neighbours,” she said.

National police have said they are also studying three other sets of fingerprints which are not on their records and were found in the apartment.

The property was rented by two of the other men implicated in the bombings, Rachid Oulaf y Abdennabi Kounja, only five days before the four trains were blown up in Madrid, killing 191 people.

All four of the named men were among a group of seven who blew themselves up when police surrounded their hideaway in the Madrid satellite city of Leganes on 3 April.

At the time, they were planning a further bombing in the Madrid area according to anti-terrorist officers.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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