Spanish police on Tuesday arrested two “suspected terrorists” believed to be linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Spain’s interior ministry said.
One man, an Algerian believed to have trained in a fighter camp in northern Mali, was arrested in the eastern province of Zaragoza and the other, a Moroccan, in the southern province of Murcia, after a joint operation between Spain, France and Morocco, a ministry statement said.
Security will be tight at a marathon race being held in Madrid on Sunday in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded more than 200 last week. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry declined to say whether there had been any specific threat against Madrid’s marathon.
The news comes after Canadian security forces thwarted a plot to blow up a rail line between Canada and the United States, police and intelligence agencies stated on Monday.
A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters the alleged plot was not linked with last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.