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Spanish judge remands two al Qaeda suspects in jail

A Spanish judge has charged two Chechen men with planning a terrorist attack on Spain or another European country. Both are suspected of belonging to al Qaeda. They are to await trial with a third suspect from Turkey.

Two terrorist suspects detained in Spain on Wednesday were charged on Sunday with belonging to a terrorist organization and possessing explosives. The two men, Russians of Chechen origin, are suspected of conspiring with a Turkish national to carry out a terrorist attack on Spain or another European country.

The Spanish judge overseeing the case Pablo Ruz said he had received conclusive evidence from Russia, the US Justice Department, France, and Gibraltar that Eldar Magomedov and Mohamed Ankari Adamov had links to terrorist organizations.

A Spanish National Court statement said evidence provided by the USA and Russia linked Magomedov to terrorist activities in Warziristan and Afghanistan since 2010.

The third suspect, Cengiz Yalcin, was arrested on Thursday and charged on Friday for "possession of explosive substances and devices with terrorist aims," according to the court statement. Judge Pablo Ruz has said that he believed the third man was a facilitator, but not a member of a terrorist organization.

Police say they found explosive devices when they arrested Yalcin in his apartment in the southwestern Spanish town of La Linea.

Police apprehended Magomedov and Adamov en route to the French border on Wednesday. They reportedly denied all charges, saying they came to Spain to seek asylum.

Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz has described the trio as "extremely dangerous people."

kms/ipj (AFP, AP, dpa)