Terror suspect hunted in London

March 3, 2005 at 6:29 AM
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LONDON, March 3 (UPI) -- An Islamic militant implicated in the Madrid bombings and a plot to attack New York's Grand Central Station is being hunted by police in London.

Moutaz Almallah and his brother Mouhannad, both Syrian-born, were found by Spanish investigators to be key figures in a criminal gang financing Madrid's terror groups by drug-dealing, robbery and fraud.

Mouhannad, 41, is on bail awaiting trial in Spain, accused of sheltering some of the Madrid bombers and financing the operation. Details of the plot against Grand Central station were allegedly found on a computer disk in his property.

The FBI and CIA are said to be astounded that it took Spanish authorities nine months to detect the plot, despite having found sketches of the station in a gang hideout soon after the Madrid bombings which killed 191 people on March 11 last year.

Several key members of that al-Qaida cell apparently escaped.

Moutaz is said to have fled to London, where Scotland Yard is now hunting for him, the Times of London reported.

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