The following text was translated from a report by Spanish newspaper La Razon website on 3 June 2004: The police forces of Spain,Italy and the United Kingdom are working against the clock to locate several cells of Ansar al-Islam,some of whose members have already been identified, who intend to commit attacks on British and Italian targets during President Bush’s visit to Europe,antiterrorist sources have told La Razon. The groups are made up mostly of Algerian fundamentalists, although there are also Moroccans, and they received training in camps in Afghanistan.
The alarm was raised in Europe when an absolutely reliable report was received that several cells of Ansar al-Islam – the terrorist group from the Al-Qa’idah network led by the Jordanian terrorist Abu-Mus’ab al-Zarqawi – are planning to commit large-scale attacks in Italy and the UK. The “commandos” have operational and logistical support in Spain, where they reportedly obtained the money and some of the false documentation which they use. In principle,according to the sources, it is not believed that they are to perpetrate attacks in our country, although all theories are being worked on,given the dangerous nature of these Islamists. The investigations under way are aimed at locating, as soon as possible,a group of fundamentalists of Algerian nationality who are already in the UK and Italy to try and carry out attacks in the coming days during the European tour that the US leader begins in Italy tomorrow.
The police forces of these countries,with which the Spanish police force is cooperating closely,have managed to identify some of the terrorists,who also include one or more of Moroccan nationality. They are experienced terrorists who, according to the sources,received training in Al-Qa’idah camps in Afghanistan,where they learned techniques for manufacturing and planting explosives and weapons of great destructive power. In May,National High Court judge Baltasar Garzon sent three Algerian nationals and one Spaniard to prison on suspicion of links with an Islamist terrorist group connected with Al-Qa’idah,and he asked the United Kingdom to hand over the group’s suspected ringleader, Hedi Benyousif Boudhiba,alias Fathi, who is currently held in that country and whom he links to the cell which attempted to commit a ricin attack in London.