The Islamic radicals responsible for the Madrid bombings evidently meant to ensure Spanish appeasement with more of the same. From AAP:
The terrorists who died in last weekend’s suicide blast planned another major attack in Madrid, possibly during this week’s Easter celebrations, a Spanish court official said.
Police also said that Saturday’s explosion during a police storming of an apartment may have killed seven suspects.
That, and the arrests of other suspects could stir another terror cell to mount a Jihad, or holy war, in Spain, the official said.
National Court Judge Juan del Olmo jailed two more suspects on terrorism charges in relation to the attacks, a court official said.
Seventeen people are now charged in the case.
The two were named as Moroccans Rachid Adli and Abdelilah el Fuad. Earlier, court officials had erroneously identified el Fuad as Fadual Aqili. Both were jailed on terrorism charges.
Of the 17 in custody, six have been charged with mass murder, the rest with collaborating or belonging to a terrorist group. Thirteen of the total are Moroccan.
The March 11 attacks on four commuter trains left 191 people dead and more than 1,800 injured.
The court official said explosives and other evidence found in the flat after Saturday’s explosion indicated the suspects killed planned an imminent follow-up to the train attacks.
Easter celebrations end on April 11, Easter Sunday, a hallowed date in the largely Roman Catholic country.
The court official said police found a substantial quantity of money including a roll of 500 euro ($A794) notes on the body of one of the suicide victims.
The government believes at least three of those killed in the suicide blast, in the suburb of Leganes, south of Madrid were among the six whose international arrest warrants were issued last week by del Olmo.
Police are looking for up to three people who may have fled the apartment before the suicide blast and are hiding out near Madrid, the newspaper El Pais reported. Those who escaped may include one or more of the people sought in del Olmo’s warrants, the paper stated.
Ringleader Sarhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet of Tunisia and Moroccan Jamal Ahmidan – described as his right-hand man and the person who rented the rural house where the bombs used in the March 11 attacks allegedly were assembled – were among those killed in the Leganes explosion.
Police claim that as early as mid-2003, Fakhet was campaigning for a Jihad in Spain.