Prime Madrid suspect identified

Spain’s High Court has issued an international arrest warrant for Serhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, described in court papers as “the leader and co-ordinator” of people implicated in the attacks.

He is one of six people named as bombing suspects on the international arrest warrant issued by the court.

Investigators have already questioned 24 suspects, 14 of whom are facing charges of murder and terrorism, with a further six still in police detention.

The arrest warrant was issued as three letter bombs addressed to Spanish media organisations were intercepted on Thursday.

Police explosives experts defused two of the letter bombs and blew up a third after they were detected by a scanner at a mail distribution centre in the northern city of Zaragoza, said the Interior Ministry.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said the authorities did not yet know who was responsible for the letter bombs, which were addressed to executives at newspaper La Razon, radio station COPE and broadcaster Antena 3.

Armed Basque separatist group ETA has sent letter bombs in the past while anarchist groups have been blamed for others.

The Government initially blamed ETA for the March 11 train bombings before evidence grew that militant Islamists were responsible.

The Interior Ministry described the letter bombs as rudimentary devices, each containing about 60 grams of explosive.

Meanwhile, security officials have suggested drug-trafficking was key to helping finance the March attacks.

The arrest warrant says Mr Fakhet, alias El Tunecino (The Tunisian), began agitating for a jihad, or holy war, in Madrid from mid-2003, if not before.

A Moroccan, Jamal Ahmidan, is also wanted as a suspected leader of the group.

The four others, Moroccans Said Berraj, Agdennabi Kounjaa and brothers Mohammed and Rachid Oulad Akcha, are wanted after supposedly being identified by police as part of the group who placed the rucksack bombs in the trains.

Judge Juan del Olmo, in charge of investigating the attacks, said they are all wanted for murder and belonging to a terrorist group.

He also said the bombs were prepared in a house in a semi-rural area outside Madrid, which was rented by one of the suspects.

Interior Minister Angel Acebes has named the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group as the main focus of investigation, but he insisted other “terrorist” organisations had not been ruled out.

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