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Al-Qaeda suspects planned Gibraltar attack during Olympics

Published on Aug 7, 2012 10:31 AM

MADRID (AFP) - Three suspected members of Al-Qaeda arrested in Spain were planning to launch an attack from the air on a shopping mall in the British territory of Gibraltar during the Olympics, reports said on Monday.

Police found a video in the home of one of the suspects, Turkish national Cengiz Yalcin, in the Spanish city of La Linea de Concepcion across the border with Gibraltar, which shows him piloting a large remote-controlled plane, the online edition of El Pais reported, citing anti-terrorism sources.

"At a certain moment the plane descended and it dropped a package from the air. On the ground, Yalcin celebrated his achievement," it said.

Police believe the suspects were preparing to use a remote-controlled plane to drop explosives on a mall in Gibraltar during the 2012 Olympics which wrap up in London on Aug 12, Spanish public television TVE and other media said.

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