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Spain charges Madrid bomb suspect

From CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman

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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A Spanish judge has charged a Moroccan-born man with collaborating with a terrorist group over last March's Madrid train bombings, court officials say.

Abderrahman Hammadi Afandi, 32, was arrested Monday and appeared two days later before National Court Judge Juan del Olmo.

Del Olmo is leading the investigation into the March 11 train bombings that killed 190 people and wounded more than 1,400.

The judge Monday decided to keep Afandi in detention while calling for additional evidence. After receiving more information, Del Olmo charged him Wednesday.

Afandi was arrested in the Madrid suburb of Leganes, a National Court spokeswoman told CNN Thursday.

Spanish media reports said the man was a naturalized Spanish citizen, but the court spokeswoman declined to confirm those details.

In the same suburb where Afandi was arrested -- Leganes -- seven suspected terrorists blew themselves up on April 3 as police closed in on their hideout.

Some of the suspects who died in the explosion were thought by authorities to have been ringleaders of the coordinated bomb attacks against four Madrid commuter trains during rush hour on March 11.

Authorities blame the attacks on Islamic terrorists. The ruling party was ousted in national elections three days after the bombings, and many analysts consider the attacks a factor in the voting results.

More than 20 suspects have been charged in the bombings, including some charged with mass murder. At least 15 suspects remain in jail, while others have been released, although they still face charges.

In addition, police have arrested more than a dozen others who have been arraigned but released, according to court records.


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