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Madrid train bomb suspect moved to Spain

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  • Suspect Said Rehou allegedly held indoctrination sessions
  • Madrid bombings killed 191 people in March 2004
  • Casablanca bombings in 2003 killed 33 bystanders and 12 suicide bombers
By Al Goodman
CNN Madrid Bureau Chief
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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A Moroccan man wanted for links to the Madrid train bombings in 2004 was brought to Spain from France on Wednesday, a Spanish police statement said.

A photograph showing Moroccan-born suspect Said Rehou.

A photograph showing Moroccan-born suspect Said Rehou.

The suspect, Said Rehou, 27, born in Casablanca, Morocco, allegedly held indoctrination sessions for Islamic militants at his former Madrid home, the statement said.

"Various individuals who participated in those meetings later were implicated directly or indirectly in the Casablanca attacks of 2003 and the March 11, 2004, attacks in Madrid," the statement said.

The Madrid train bombings -- coordinated attacks on four morning-rush commuter trains -- killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800.

Spanish courts have convicted 14 Islamic militants for their roles in the Madrid bombings, along with four Spaniards, the latter for trafficking in explosives used in the attacks.

Seven other prime Islamic suspects killed themselves in an explosion as police closed in on their hideout in a Madrid suburb three weeks after the bombings.

The Casablanca bombings in May 2003 killed 33 bystanders and 12 suicide bombers.

Rehou is wanted in Spain for belonging to a terrorist group, and is thought to have formed part of a cell created in Spain in 2002, with the aim of recruiting fighters to carry out attacks in Morocco, Spain and other countries, the police statement said.

The meetings at his home lasted six to eight hours, with the screening of videos that included sermons and scenes promoting holy war, the statement said.

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