Spain Busts 14 Islamic Militants in Terror Plot

Barcelona raids yield bomb materials; attack wasn't imminent
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 10:28 AM CST
Spanish police arrested 14 people suspected of preparing an Islamic terrorist attack in or near Barcelona, Spain's Interior Minister said Saturday.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Spanish authorities toady arrested 14 people—12 Pakistanis and 2 Indians—suspected of planning a terror attack in or near Barcelona. After raiding five homes, officials seized four bomb timers and computer data, CNN reports. “They had taken a step beyond radicalization and were trying to get the means to make explosives,” the interior minister said.

The minister called the suspects a “radical Islamist group with a significant level of organization,” the BBC reports. Info from Spanish and other European intelligence agencies led police to act, but an attack wasn’t considered imminent, Reuters reports. Over 250 suspected Islamic terrorists have been arrested in Spain since the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people.