Anti-terrorist police are investigating a “definite link” between perpetrators of the Madrid train bombings and Islamic hardliners in Britain, the nation’s most senior police officer has said.
Those liable to face questioning by British police include detained Palestinian cleric Abu Qatada, who according to British and Spanish authorities has been a key Al-Qaeda figure in Europe – a claim that he has denied.
“We believe there is a London link with what happened in Madrid,” Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir John Stevens was quoted by the Independent newspaper.
“There is a definite link in what has happened,” he said.
Fears of a terror attack in Britain have escalated since the March 11 blasts in Madrid which killed 202 and injured over 1,500, and ahead of the first anniversary of the US and British invasion of Iraq.