Battling Al Qaeda in Europe
policeman searches around the body of one of the suspects
found in a swimming pool. The alleged mastermind of the
March 11 Madrid train bombings was among five suspects who
blew themselves up during a police stakeout in a suburb
of the Spanish capital.
Armestre / AFP
In a bold move to capture terrorists that were
hiding out after plotting and executing the deaths of nearly 200
Spanish citizens, Spanish anti-terror units discovered their hide
out and prepared to storm the apartment building. When the terrorists
realized they were surrounded by Spanish Special Forces they panicked
and blew themselves up.
Abdelmajid Fakhet, a Tunisian, was among the dead and reportedly
was the organizer of the 3-11-04 terror attacks that killed innocent
people on morning commuter trains.
released by radical Islamic leaders have shown they believe that
they can take over the world and rule it like the Taliban did
for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. An Islamic leader(pre -9-11) in London
declared in frenzied speech, we will use terror anywhere in the
world and “our message will be seen” in increments
at a time around the globe, as a poster of a giant boot over the
world was displayed in the background. Several terrorist plots
were thwarted on and immediately after 9-11 around the globe,
due to fast working leaders and their governments.
In the first battle with an al Qaeda linked Islamic
group in a prominent European capital, at least 4 terror suspects
were surprised and killed. Witnesses report that when the suspects
realized they were surrounded by Spanish Special Forces they started
screaming in Arabic. Officials believe the explosives used by
the suspects on 3-11-04 in the Madrid railway bombings were the
same type that killed them during the raid.
One Spanish police officer was killed and 15 were
wounded. The bombers were holed up in an apartment building in
Leganes suburb of SW Madrid. The anti-terror task force had the
area cordoned off and 40 apartments were evacuated prior to storming
the terrorist hide out building.
The Spanish interior
minister reported one terrorist might have escaped before the area
was sealed off.
in a crane, examine the damage after three suspected terrorists
who were sought in connection with March 11 Madrid bombings,
blew themselves up in a building that was surrounded by
police in Legenes, near Madrid, Spain, Saturday, April 3,
2004. One special forces agent was killed and 11 police
officers were injured in the operation. The fete of the
suspects is unknown at this time.
White / AP
suspects have been arrested and 11 of the 15 detained are Moroccans.
They claim to be with the al Qaeda-linked, Moroccan Islamic Combatant
The Spanish army and helicopter units have been
guarding railways after discovering another bomb Friday on a high-speed
Madrid-Seville railway track.
The FBI last
week warned local authorities of “uncorroborated”
summertime threats to metro transportation systems near major
US cities. Terrorists may use many devices, including a backpack
or other small luggage to fill with explosives. Citizens and authorities
are asked to be aware of suspicious behavior and activities.
Terrorist Bomb-Belts Reach Europe
DEBKAfile Special Report
4 April –
Serhane ben Abdelmajid Farkhet, 35, alias “The Tunisian”,
suspected ringleader of the Madrid train bombings, was one of
the terrorists who blew themselves up Saturday night in the southwestern
Madrid suburb of Leganes when Spanish police closed in on their
hideout. Spanish interior minister Angel Acebes said it is impossible
to establish how many al Qaeda suspects were holed up in the building.
They began shooting from a window at police approaching the apartment
building. Special police agents prepared to storm the building
when the terrorists set off a powerful explosion with several
bomb belts shouting God is great in Arabic. One policeman was
killed and 15 injured. Some of the suspects may have escaped under
cover of the blast or before the police closed the net around
in the damaged apartment building were additional explosive devices
and 200 detonators.
were evacuated and the area sealed off. Three of the terror suspects
who committed suicide have been identified, but the possibility
of more having taken part in the group suicide has not been ruled
out. Spanish radio reported Jamal Ahmidan, 33, was among the dead.
He was named in one of the six arrest warrants issued in the March
11 train bombings investigation.
This was the
first time terrorists are known to have used bomb belts in Europe,
also the first battle with al Qaeda to take place on the continent.
are already holding 15 suspects in connection with the attack
on the commuter trains last month. Six have been charged with
mass murder and nine with collaborating with a terrorist organization.
Eleven are members of the al Qaeda-linked Moroccan Islamic Combatant
2, Spain went on terror alert after a bomb was found on the Madrid-Seville
high speed rail track near Toledo 10 km south of capital. The
device was connected to a detonator with a 130 m cable. The Spanish
army and helicopters are now guarding Spanish railway lines.
Boy Wearing Explosive Belt Caught
(IFM) A 12-year-old Palestinian boy wearing an explosive belt
was caught today by Israel Defense Forces paratroopers at the
Hawara roadblock south of Nablus in the West Bank, HA’ARETZ
reported. Sappers detonated the device in a controlled explosion
and took the boy in for questioning. The army believes that the
boy was meant to detonate the belt near the soldiers or the nearby
army base. "This is another horrific example of how the Palestinians
use their own children to spread terror against Israelis,"
David Baker, an official in the prime minister’s office, said.
"These children are turned into human time-bombs for the
purpose of spreading as much terror against Israelis as possible,"
Baker added. Just last week, soldiers found an explosive charge
on a cart pushed by a 10-year-old Palestinian boy at the same
In other news,
IDF preventive operations in Gaza’s Khan Yunis were completed
successfully this morning. Infantry and engineering units entered
Khan Yunis after working all night to prevent Palestinians from
firing any Kassam rockets or mortar shells.
a terror attempt against the Jewish community of Morag in the
Gaza Strip was foiled. The IDF spotted terrorists crawling near
the fence and opened fire. A search of the area turned up two
bodies of terrorists dressed in IDF uniforms. A bulletproof vest
and two Kalashnikov rifles were found on their bodies.