- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 9, 2004

BRITAIN

Police thwarted another ‘Madrid’

LONDON — Police have prevented terrorists from launching an attack on London on the scale of the Madrid train bombings, Britain’s most senior police officer said.

But an attack on the capital remains “inevitable,” added John Stevens, commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police.

The March 11 train bombings in Madrid killed about 200 people and were blamed on Islamic militants with possible connections to the terror network al Qaeda.

Asked whether police had prevented a similar strike in London, Mr. Stevens told British Broadcasting Corp. Radio: “Yes. I can’t discuss it because of court proceedings, but yes, we have stopped a Madrid.”

PAKISTAN

Terror suspects found at Afghan camp

PESHAWAR — Intelligence agents raided an Afghan refugee camp in northwestern Pakistan and arrested two Islamic militants, a security official said yesterday.

The suspects were being questioned after their arrest late Tuesday in a raid on the Jalozai camp, on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of North-West Frontier Province, said an intelligence agency official, on the condition of anonymity.

An official with the Interior Ministry confirmed the arrests, but gave no details.

Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S. war on terror, has deployed about 70,000 troops near the border to Afghan.

CONGO

War death toll nearing 4 million, study says

DAKAR, Senegal — Six years of continuing conflict in Congo have taken 3.8 million lives, half of them children, with most killed by disease and famine in the still largely cutoff east, according to an International Rescue Committee study.

The group’s last survey, released in April 2003, estimated 3.3 million deaths.

For years, the association has produced the most widely used running estimate of deaths in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

More than 31,000 civilians continue to die each month as a result of the conflict.

ISRAEL

Soldier on trial in girl’s shooting

JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier went on trial in a military court yesterday on charges of repeatedly shooting a 13-year-old Palestinian girl to ensure she was dead.

Soldiers fired at the girl, Iyman Hams, as she approached a military observation post near the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 5. The soldiers said they thought she was planting a bomb. The girl’s family said she was on her way to school.

According to the five-count indictment, the officer approached the girl after she was shot and fired two rounds at her body from close range in an outlawed practice known as “verifying the kill.”

SPAIN

Two arrested in train attack

MADRID — Police have arrested a Syrian and an Egyptian in connection with the March 11 train bombings that killed about 200 people, the interior minister said yesterday.

The two were arrested Wednesday in Irun, near Spain’s border with France. They were identified as Adman Waki, 28, of Syria, and Ahmed Ibrahim Kassem, 27, of Egypt, said Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso.

He described Waki as “an important person in the structure behind the carrying out of the attacks.”

News reports said Waki is thought to have used the same prepaid phone card and telephone as the purported ideological mastermind of the railway attacks, Serhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet of Tunisia.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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