ELEVEN JIHADISTS CHARGED

Ten Muslim men from Pakistan and another one from India were charged with plotting suicide bomb attacks in Spain last Thursday. They were arrested in Barcelona in January following a tip-off from domestic and foreign intelligence services, but one is still at large. They have been accused of conspiring to blow up part of the city’s transport network, and all have denied any wrongdoing, saying the case is based on the unreliable claims of a single police informant. The indictment acknowledged that the alleged militants did not have sufficient capacity to cause serious damage, but it says it can be inferred from the evidence seized by police – mobile phones, computers and what was said to be bomb-making equipment – that they were planning suicide attacks. The men will appear in court later this month.

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