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'Al-Qaeda trio' arrested in southern Spanish

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#1    keithisco


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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:35 PM

Just what was being planned?

""Police have arrested three suspected al-Qaeda members in southern Spain.

Explosive material was seized at an address in San Roque where a Turkish man was arrested. Two other men were held near Almuradiel.

They are thought to have been planning an attack in Spain or elsewhere in Europe, according to the Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.

The arrests are part of one the biggest international operations to date against al-Qaeda, Mr Diaz said.

The material is currently being tested but is thought to be enough to "destroy a bus", he told reporters.

Mr Diaz also said one of the suspects was a senior al-Qaeda operative with extensive experience "in the manufacture of poison and car bombs".

One of the men put up "massive resistance" during the arrests, he added. None of them have been named.

Police found the explosives in a flat in the southern town of La Linea de Concepcion in Andalusia and arrested a Turkish national at the address""

Interestingly the town of La Linea De la Concepcion (mentioned above) is on the Isthmus of Gibraltar (most of the thousands of Spanish that commute for work in Gibraltar every day come from there. The Royal Navy is a continuous presence in and around Gibraltar so it is highly unlikely that any explosive materials could possibly get to the mainland via this route.

2 Chechens (later confirmed) with papers about flying a light plane, were arrested on their way from Cadiz to Irun (French Border with Spain) and a Turk have been arrested. All linked to this "plot".

Recently there have been several disputes with fisherman from the area for encroaching on the Crown waters around Gibraltar - could these have been diversionary tactics to get these people into the country? Who knows? I dont - but it is just the most bizarre of circumstances.

Lnk to BBC article; http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-19091753

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:43 PM

Glad they caught them before they killed a bunch of people.  They would have then cheered and celebrated the massacre.

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