Qaeda suspect plotted to poison water at tourism sites

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An Al-Qaeda-linked suspect plotted to poison water supplies at camp sites and other tourist resorts, said a Spanish judge Saturday, who ordered him remanded in custody.

Moroccan Abdellatif Aoulad Chiba "expressed a clear desire to carry out an attack against 'infidels' by poisoning human water supplies, namely at camp sites and tourist resorts" in online jihadist forums, the National Court judge said in his ruling.

Chiba, 36, was arrested Wednesday in the southern town of Linea de la Concepcion.

He had requested information from other members of the jihadist forum on how to make poison and explosives and swore allegiance to Al-Qaeda's North African offshoot, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the judge said in his ruling.

"It is considered probable that all the actions carried out by Abdellatif Aoulad could be the steps taken according to a plan whose goal could be to carry out a terrorist act," the ruling said.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims allegiance to the global extremist network. It carries out attacks and kidnappings and runs smuggling routes in the Sahel region that spans north Africa.

Spain suffered its worst terror attack on March 11, 2004 when bombs exploded on packed commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding 1,841 others in a strike by a local cell of Islamic extremists carried out in the name of Al-Qaeda.

© 2011 AFP

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