Up to 15 people have reportedly been arrested by police in Spain over alleged links with al Qaeda. The suspects, who are accused of forging documents, were detained following a series of raids on addresses in Barcelona and Valencia. Among those in custody are nationals from Pakistan, Nigeria and India.
Sources closes to the investigation, codenamed “Operation Fish”, say it could be extended to other parts of Spain as well as France, Britain, Belgium, Italy and Thailand. Spain suffered Europe’s deadliest Islamic militant attack when four Madrid trains were bombed in March 2004, killing 191 commuters and wounding a further 1,800 people.