Spain Foils Terror Plot Involving Ultralight Aircraft

Ad Feedback

Over the years, terrorists have used sports drinks, shoes, and even underwear to hide explosive material. Now, authorities in Spain say three terror suspects were experimenting with ultralight planes.

Spanish authorities believe the terrorist intended to use pleasure craft for far deadlier purposes. They also believe they were linked with al Qaeda, long known for its obsession with arming aircraft.
Today a judge in Spain's National Court will question the suspects and decide whether they'll remain detained. They include a Russian, a Russian of Chechen descent, and a Turk.   

Authorities arrested the Turk in the southern town of La Linea and picked up the other two in the central town of Ciudad Real.

"I can confirm there are clear signs that these people could be planning a terrorist attack in Spain and/or other European countries, and that the three of them belong to al Qaeda," Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said.

He said that explosive material found in the Turk's house in La Linea could "destroy a whole bus."

Authorities say two of the suspects had practiced flying in light aircraft and another is an expert in explosives and poisonous substances.

Diaz said the sting operation involved close collaboration with intelligence services from "Spain's allies." He added that Spanish authorities had been watching the three for some time.

Spanish police arrested dozens of al-Qaeda suspects after 9/11 and more after the 2004 train bombings in Madrid. Those bombings killed 190  people and wounded 1,800 others.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.  


Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting? Are you facing a difficult situation?

Find peace with God, discover more about God or send us your prayer request.

Call The 700 Club Prayer Center at 1 (800) 823-6053, 24 hours a day.

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

CBN News
Heather Sells

Heather Sells

CBN News Reporter

Heather Sells covers a variety of issues for CBN News ranging from immigration and religious liberty to human trafficking, privacy issues and food.

Follow Heather on Twitter @SellsHeather and "like" her at