Spain Increases Security At Nuclear Power Plants Amid Threatened Terror Attack
(N.T.A.R.C.) After several security lapses in and around it’s nuclear power plants and mounting fears of a threatened al Qaeda terror attack, Spain has stepped up security at it’s nuclear facilities.
Security at the nuclear power plants has been beefed up since February,and was prompted by the trial of those responsible for the 11 March 2004 bomb attacks in Madrid. In June 2006, the CSN said in a report that those attacks “highlight the existence of threats that could affect installations and nuclear or radioactive material.”
The Interior Ministry says the country is still a target for Islamic extremists, and cites recent statements by Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman Al Zawahiri, calling for attacks on Spanish targets.
“The biggest damage would be caused by hitting a nuclear power plant,” says a CNI source.
Access to Spain’s eight currently operating nuclear plants has been toughened. At the Cofrentes plant in Valencia, workers pass through four different security points: at the first they identify themselves to guards; then they must pass through a finger-print check; and at the third they are scanned for metals and explosives; at the fourth, they are again, checked. Iberdrola, the company that runs Cofrentes, has placed two wire fences round the site. One is electrified, and the other has razor wire around the top of it.
Meanwhile, the ease with which Greenpeace activists were able to occupy the Almaraz plant in June prompted a review of security at the Extremaduran installation. IN general, the CNI has intensified security checks into the workforce at Spain’s nuclear power stations, say anti-terrorist sources. Even so, there have been incidents. The attempt to steal uranium tablets from the Juzbado fuel-element producing facility in Salamanca earlier this year reveals that security is still lax in many places. A member of the workforce is suspected of trying to smuggle the tablets out, which were found by a perimeter fence in September, but so far, nobody has been charged. Enusa, the company that runs Juzbado, says no stock is missing. The CSN says the tablets cannot be used to make a bomb.
Joan Mesquida, the head of the police and Civil Guard, spoke at a recent international conference in Madrid on Europe’s terrorist threat. “Spain is taking the possibility of an attack with non-conventional weapons very seriously.”
He added that both “intuition and information” suggest that Islamist terrorists will try to carry out an attack using a dirty bomb or non-conventional weapon.
No comments yet.
- Weekend Islamic attacks kill 37 worldwide Islam’s religious war injures 82 in acts of violent piety honoring Muhammad in the name of Allah, their god, worldwide
- Honor/terror killing brings jihadism to Canada Al-Qaeda active, deadly injuries average more than 100 daily
- Saudi king pardons teenage rape victim
- Bomb Squad Investigates Explosions
- Blast in Watsonville, heard for blocks, destroys city employee’s car
- Osama could be in Bajaur: Musharraf
- Ayman al-Zawahiri – al Qaeda’s Number 2.0 Man
- British Suspect In Trans-Atlantic Jet Terror Plot Escapes On The Run In Pakistan
- Iran indicates it is building another nuclear plant
- Weekend death toll of jihadist terror war: 66 Six nations targeted in Islamic efforts to destroy “infidels”
- CAN supporters sound off about Sudan Teddi tirades Son of supporter in America lives in England, wrote to London’s Guardian
- al-Qaida No. 2 Blasts Peace Conference