Spanish police have arrrested a Turkish man and two others from former Soviet states in Southern Spain. The men are suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Spain or elsewhere in Europe.
The Turkish man was arrested near Cadiz as explosives were discovered at his home.
One of the two ex-Soviet nationals was said to be a senior al Qaeda operative knowledgeable in bomb-making. He was arrested with another man as they travelled on a bus heading to Irun on the French border.
Spain’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz hailed it as one of the biggest international operations against al-Qaeda.
The explosives are currently undergoing tests, and no details have emerged of the exact amount found, however, the minister did say that there was “enough to destroy a bus”.
This is the second time in a year that suspected al Qaeda members have been arrested in Spain. In March, another man was arrested in Valencia. But commentators said this operation marks the first time suspects were arrested in possession of explosives.