As Spanish investigators searched for between six and eight new suspects in the Madrid train bombings, senior counterterrorism officials in the United States said they were increasingly convinced that Islamic militants were behind the attacks. Spanish officials said today that at least six of the new suspects were Moroccans, although they lived between Morocco and Spain and appeared to have some connections to at least three different extremist groups aligned with Al Qaeda. From the nature of the bombings and the known ties of some of the initial suspects arrested by Spanish authorities, American officials said they believed that the attack might fit a new model in which local Islamic radical groups, perhaps only loosely affiliated with Al Qaeda, might carry out attacks without the direct coordination of Qaeda leaders. Full Story
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