14 Islamic Militants Held in Spain over Terror Plot

[New York Times] Victoria Burnett - Spanish intelligence agents arrested 14 Islamic militants and raided several apartments and two mosques in Barcelona during a crackdown on a group suspected of plotting an attack in the city. The group included 12 Pakistanis, an Indian and a Bangladeshi. Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, the Spanish interior minister, said Saturday that the detainees "belonged to a well-organized group that had gone a step beyond radicalization." Spanish authorities confiscated material for making bombs, including four timing devices, Rubalcaba said. Several of those arrested belonged to Tabligh Jamaat, a group based in Pakistan. The group publicizes a benign type of revivalist Islam, but is suspected by Western intelligence agencies of being a recruiter for jihadists.

2008-01-21 01:00:00

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