(AP) MADRID, Spain – Spanish police arrested four Moroccans on the Canary Island of Lanzarote on suspicion of being members of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group. One is believed to have had a possible role in the Madrid train bombings, the Interior Ministry said.
The four were suspected of setting up a logistical base on the island following recent arrests of members of the group in France and Belgium, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group is part of the radical Salafia Jihadia movement and has close links to al-Qaida, the ministry said. It is believed to have carried out the 2003 attacks in Casablanca, Morocco, in which a dozen suicide bombers killed 32 people.
The four suspects were identified as Hassan al Haski, 41, Ali Fahimi, 31, Abdallah Mourib, 36 and Brahim Atia El Hammouchi, 40.
The ministry said al Haski was wanted in connection with the Madrid bombings. It said he shared an apartment with Mourib.
The statement said the two may have had trained together at extremist-run camps.
Dozens of suspected Islamist terrorists have been arrested in Spain since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States in 2001, and more recently since the March 11 bombings in Madrid. The train bombings, blamed on Islamic radicals with links to al-Qaida, killed 191 people.
Lanzarote is one of Spain’s seven Canary Islands located off Morocco’s northwestern coast.