12 pakistanere og to indere ble arrestert i Barcelona fredag, mistenkt for å planlegge terrorangrep i byen. Planene kan ha sammenheng med at president Pervez Musharraf innleder et Europa-besøk søndag.

Innenriksminister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba orienterte på en pressekonferanse i Madrid:

Four timing devices as well as computer equipment which was still being examined were also recovered.

He said that the group could be characterised as «radical Islamist», was «highly organised» and was preparing to carry out an attack in the north-eastern Spanish city.

The operation, which saw five homes raided by police, was carried out on the basis of information gathered by Spain’s domestic and foreign intelligence agencies.

The intelligence suggested «the possibility that a terrorist action was being prepared on Spanish soil, in Barcelona to be precise,» Rubalcaba said.

Spanish police arrest 14 in anti-terror raids: interior minister