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Complex Web of Madrid Plot Still Tangled

A week ago, after suspects in the March 11 Madrid train bombings blew themselves up to avoid capture by the police, Interior Minister Ángel Acebes praised the work of the Spanish police and declared that the core of the terrorist group was either “detained or dead.” But interviews with Spanish, Moroccan and French intelligence and police officials and a review of Spanish documents indicate that the plot is more complex than public statements suggest. Investigators say key participants in the deadliest terrorist attack in Spanish history — 191 were killed — may still be at large. Investigators have found no hard evidence directly linking the attacks to major figures in Al Qaeda’s terror network — no money transfers, wiretapped conversations or face-to-face meetings. Instead, they have uncovered what they consider an equally worrisome phenomenon: a complex web of alliances forged through bonds of blood and the local village. Full Story

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