Qaeda suspect 'plotted to poison water': Spanish judge

Qaeda suspect 'plotted to poison water': Spanish judge

Abdellatif Aoulad Chiba, a 36-year-old Moroccan, had gone so far as to obtain manuals on poisons, toxins and explosives on jihadist websites, the judge said.

Police swooped soon after the suspect appeared to be saying farewell to his wife.
Chiba's online comments on jihadist websites "expressed a clear desire to carry out an attack against 'infidels' by poisoning human water supplies", he said in a written ruling.
The online comments indicated that he wanted to strike "at camp sites and tourist resorts", most likely in Spain, said the judge of the National Court, Spain's highest authority for hearing terrorist cases.

"The risk increased after he entered in contact with other users of the forum who supplied him with manuals on how to make and use poisons, toxins and explosives."

Police arrested Chiba on Wednesday in the southern town of Linea de la Concepcion.
He was remanded in custody today on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a terrorist killing and of being a member of a terrorist organisation. Formal charges have not yet been laid.
In one online post found by police he swore his allegiance to al-Qaeda's North African offshoot, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

The suspect had "expressed his intention to continue the organisation's efforts to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden and other key members of Al-Qaeda," the court said.

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