Saturday, January 19, 2008

More evidence of Soccer Club theory of terrorism?

Spain was on high alert for terrorist attacks on Saturday after the police arrested 14 suspects of Pakistani and Indian origin who authorities believe were plotting an attack on Barcelona, officials said.

Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, the interior minister, told reporters that the 14 had been arrested in Barcelona, capital of the northeastern region of Catalonia, and that more arrests were expected. The police, who acted with the help of information from foreign intelligence agencies, raided several apartments, a prominent mosque and a small prayer hall, Mr. Rubalcaba and local Muslim representatives said.

Mr. Rubalcaba would not say what countries’ intelligence services provided information. He said the police had confiscated material for making explosives, including four timing devices, during the raids. The detainees were Islamists who “belonged to a well organized group that had gone a step beyond radicalization,” he said.

“When someone has timers in their home, you have no option but to think violent acts are being planned,” he said.

-Spain Arrests 15 in Suspected Plot

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