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Posted on 09/17/2001 3:25:13 PM PDT by Wallaby
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ROUNDUP: Bin Laden has reserve cells on Spanish coast, daily says Deutsche Presse-Agentur September 17, 2001, Tuesday, BC Cycle 13:40 Central European Time
Saudi-born millionnaire Osama bin Laden, the main suspect for the recent terror attacks in the United States, has established "dormant" reserve terror cells and contact bases on the Spanish coast, the daily La Razon said Monday.
The network comprises mainly members of Algerian and Moroccan Islamic fundamentalist groups, and has bases in Alicante, Almeria and Malaga, according to the daily. The terrorists reach Spain by taking ferries from Oran, Nador, Tangier or the Spanish enclave of Melilla to Almeria and Algeciras. They use Spain as a transit point for people and information between northern Africa and Europe, La Razon said.
The U.S. and Israeli secret services had not let Spain know that they were expecting a terrorist to fly in from Melilla, and the bin Laden aide fled after receiving treatment for injuries, press reports said.
In June, police detained Mohammed Ben Sakhria, a suspected leader for Europe of the organization headed by bin Laden, in Alicante. The Algerian, who was believed to have prepared terror attacks in Strasbourg, was extradited to France.
U.S. press reports have recently said that Mohammed Atta, the terrorist who flew a plane against the northern tower of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, travelled from Miami to Madrid twice this year. Atta is believed to have visited Spain to personally pass information to other terrorists.
The Spanish office of the international police organization Interpol denied press reports that a close aide of bin Laden had escaped from the surveillance of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and of the Israeli secret service Mossad after the plane he was travelling on crashed near Malaga.
Four people were killed and around 30 injured in the crash in August. The U.S. and Israeli secret services had not let Spain know that they were expecting a terrorist to fly in from Melilla, and the bin Laden aide fled after receiving treatment for injuries, press reports said.
An Interpol representative described the reports as "incorrect".
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