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Four More Arrests Made in Madrid Bombings

March 18, 2004

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Spanish police have arrested four more suspects, believed to be of Moroccan origin, in the Madrid terror bombings, officials at the National Court said Thursday.

Three were arrested in Alcala de Henares, the town outside Madrid where three of the four trains bombed on Thursday originated, said the court officials, who declined to be named.

It was in that town where police found a van with detonators and a cassette tape with verses from the Quran and a witness said he saw three men in ski masks carrying knapsacks toward the train station.

The fourth suspect was arrested in the north of Spain, the sources said.

Meanwhile, five suspects detained earlier were scheduled to appear in court Thursday, one week after the explosions killed 201 morning commuters and injured more than 1,600 others.

The three Moroccans include Jamal Zougam, considered the main suspect. The two Indians also arrested last Saturday were to appear in National Court before Judge Juan del Olmo.

Hours later, National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon was to interrogate the alleged leader of a Spanish al-Qaida cell, Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, jailed since November 2001 on suspicion of involvement in planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

Yarkas’ lawyer requested the court meeting.

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