Police in Spain have returned with a suspect to one of the premises in Barcelona they had earlier raided where they had found suspected bomb making equipment. The country’s Civil Guard, in a joint operation with Spain’s National Intelligence Centre have arrested 14 people, 12 of them Pakistani nationals and two Indians.
The government claims that the police operation has prevented an attack possibly timed to coincide with a European tour by Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf.
Spain’s Interior Minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba described the group as having a significant level of organisation which seemed to have taken a step beyond ideological radicalisation.
Police put on display some of the suspect items found at five different addresses in Spain’s second city.
The country suffered a a major attack by militant Islamists back in 2004 when 191 people were killed in the Madrid train bombings.
It is thought domestic security will be a major issue in the run up to Spain’s general election in March.