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Spanish police arrest three Al-Qaeda suspects

Published on Aug 2, 2012 9:11 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Spanish police arrested three suspected Al-Qaeda members thought to have been planning an attack in Spain or elsewhere in Europe and seized enough explosives to blow up a bus, the government said on Thursday.

"One of the suspects is a very important operative in Al-Qaeda's international structure," Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told a news conference.

"This is one of the biggest investigations which has been carried out up until now against the Al-Qaeda terrorist group at an international level," he added.

Police found the explosives in a flat in the southern town of La Linea de Concepcion in Andalucia, where one of the men was detained on Wednesday, the minister added.

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