Three suspected al-Qaida members have been arrested in the south of Spain in possession of explosives, local media reported on Thursday, citing police sources.
According to a report on Cadena Ser radio station, at least one of the suspects is Turkish and the other two are apparently Chechens. The suspects were arrested in Cadiz and Ciudad Real, two of them on a bus en route to France.
Spanish police told El Paiz that explosive materials found in the home of the Turk was strong enough to "completely destroy a bus".
At least one of the suspects was trained at a terrorist camp in Pakistan, according tp Spanish media. The organization had apparently been seeking out Spanish-speaking "lone wolves" in Saudi Arabia, according to El Pais.
The Interior Ministry would not confirm the reports, though said its minister would hold a news conference at 14:00 PM Israel time.
In 2004, Al-Qaida terror attacked a Madrid train station, killing 201 people and wounding nearly 1,500.
Al-Qaida's deadliest attacks:
August 7, 1998 – 231 people killed in simultaneous detonations of car bombs in American embassies in Dar a-Salam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya.
September 11, 2001 – Al-Qaida terrorist highjack plains in the United States crashing them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C., as well as a fourth plain that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Approximately 3,000 people killed.
October 12, 2002 – 202 people were killed in an attack on an Indonesian night club in Bali. The authorities credit an South Asian terror organization with links to al-Qaida.
May 14, 2003 – A series of car bombs explode near residential neighborhoods of westerners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia just hours before then U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived for a state visit. Saudis claim 29 killed, the U.S. says 91.
March 2, 2004 – At least 181 killed in synchronized bombings of Shiite mosques in Bagdad and Karbala, Iraq. The attack is credited to radical Islamic groups inspired by al-Qaida.
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