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Authorities arrested two men linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, following a lengthy investigation. Nou Mediouni, 23, an Algerian thought to have trained with AQIM in Mali, was detained in Zaragoza; Hassan El Jaaouani, 52, a Moroccan also with ties to AQIM in Mali, was detained in Murcia. Jaaouani had contact with those responsible for the kidnapping and death of five French citizens in Niger in 2011.
The Supreme Court ordered the release of Russian nationals nationals Eldar Magomedov and Mohamed Ankari Adamov, along with Cengiz Yalcin, a Turk. The three men were arrested in August 2012 on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Gibraltar. The men are still suspected of belonging to a terrorist organization. Police are investigating the suspected murder of a Libyan diplomat in Madrid.
Police arrested three men in Torrelavega and Madrid who had infiltrated a Spanish NGO to spy on Iranian dissidents and report back to Iran. One of the suspects worked at the Iranian Embassy.
Spanish and French police conducted raids in Madrid, Torrejón de Ardoz, Murcia, and Barcelona, arresting six men, including a 65-year-old Swede, suspected of links with the PKK in Turkey. French police also arrested 16 people in France on similar charges and confiscated weapons and money.
Police intercepted a truck carrying nuclear components destined for Iran, and arrested two men who worked for the company that sent the prohibited materials. The company, which used false companies in the United Arab Emirates for deliveries, has ties to firms involved in Iran's nuclear program.
Authorities raided a company in Durango suspected of sending over a million dollars' worth of dual-use energy machinery to Iran through Turkey in violation of international sanctions. Arrests were made and documents were seized, but the names and nationalities of those arrested were not disclosed.
A judge ruled that Eldar Magomedov (a.k.a. Ahmad Avar) and Muhammad Adamov can be detained unconditionally. Magomedov, a former member of the Russian special forces, had received terrorist training in Pakistan; Adamov was trained in Afghanistan. The pair allegedly plotted with al Qaeda facilitator Cengiz Yalcin to bomb targets in Gibraltar via remote-controlled aircraft.
Two Russian men of Chechen origin have been jailed for alleged links to an al Qaeda plot against European targets, and are described as "extremely dangerous." A Turkish man said to be a key al Qaeda facilitator in the plot was identified as Cengiz Yalcin.