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Al Qaeda suspects held in Spain


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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A Spanish judge has remanded four suspected al Qaeda members into custody after their arraignment, according to a court order.

One of the suspects may have been plotting an attack on the Paris Metro system, according to information found in the order, which was viewed by CNN sister network CNN+.

The four suspects -- three Algerians and a Spaniard -- were arrested Thursday on suspicion of belonging to an al Qaeda logistical support group with links to a Hamburg cell, which has been implicated in the September 11 attacks.

There were ominous signs found at the home of one of the Algerian suspects, Redouane Zenimi, 35, during his arrest in Madrid.

According to the court order, investigators found newspaper clippings of the Madrid train bombings with handwritten notes on them, along with a map of the Paris Metro system. The contents of the notes were not described.

Also arrested and remanded were Algerians Samir Mahdjoub, 31, arrested in Bilbao, and Mustapha Maghni, arrested near Barcelona, and Spaniard Francisco Garcia Gomez, 46, who was arrested in Bilbao, a court spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said the prosecutor has accused the Algerians of belonging to a terrorist group and the Spaniard of collaborating with a terrorist group.

Officials said there was no immediate indication that the men were linked to the March 11 Madrid train bombings, which killed about 200 people.

The judge in the case, Baltasar Garzon, issued indictments last year against 35 suspected al Qaeda members, including Osama bin Laden and Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, a Syrian who is an alleged al Qaeda ringleader in Spain.

Yarkas has been jailed in Spain since November 2001.

Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman contributed to this report.


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