Three al-Qaeda suspects arrested Wednesday by Spanish police had amassed enough explosives to blow up a bus, and were targeting Spain or other countries in Europe, the country’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
“There are clear indications that the suspects arrested could have been planning an attack in Spain, and or, other European countries,” Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said. Sufficient quantities of explosives to blow up a bus were found in their La Linea house, and the material could have been especially dangerous if combined with shrapnel, he noted.
The suspects had been under surveillance “for some time,” before two of them were arrested on a bus heading from Cadiz to Irun. The two were possibly intending to cross into France after spending two months in Spain.