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Spain Police Arrest 3 More Bomb Suspects

March 25, 2004

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Spanish police arrested three more suspects _ all Moroccans _ for the March 11 commuter train bombings, bringing to 16 the number of people in custody for the terror attack against one of the United States closest allies in the Iraq war.

The three Moroccans were arrested Wednesday in the Madrid region and in Ugena, 20 miles south of the capital, judicial sources said. The suspects’ homes were being searched, and they were to be questioned Monday at the National Court, which decides if charges should be filed.

The German news channel n-tv reported Thursday that three suspects who were arrested by Spanish police on Wednesday had lived in Germany and were ``directly involved″ in planning the Madrid bombings.

It was not immediately clear if the arrests mentioned were the same as those cited by the Spanish Interior Ministry.

The three were known to German authorities as Islamic extremists who might be ready to carry out attacks, n-tv said, citing unidentified German intelligence sources.

German federal prosecutors, who have opened an investigation because a German woman was injured in the Madrid attacks, refused to comment on the report.

A spokeswoman for Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, Michaela Heber, said she had no immediate information on the suspects. Officials at other German investigative agencies had no comment.

Spanish authorities have now arrested a total of 18 suspects and released two of them.

Spanish authorities have arrested a total of 18 suspects in connection with Spain’s worst terrorist attack, which killed 190 people and injured more than 1,800.

One Moroccan and one Algerian have been released. In addition to the three Moroccans taken into custody Wednesday, those being held for the bombing include 10 other Moroccans, two Indians and a Spaniard.

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