The German government has called
for an immediate meeting of European Union security officials to assess the threat
posed by al-Qaida's apparent involvement in last week's Madrid train bombings
that killed 200 people.
German Interior Minister Otto Schilly said Sunday that the videotape found
claiming al-Qaida responsibility for the blasts means Europe faces "a new quality
of threat from Islamic terrorism."
Mr. Schilly publicly called on Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, whose country
currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, to hold a meeting this week so
the Union can rethink its security measures.
The Spanish government says it has been unable to identify the alleged al-Qaida
spokesman on the videotape. Interior Minister Angel Acebes told a news conference
Sunday the man remains unidentified even after consultations with British,
French, and Portuguese authorities.
The government recovered the tape from a trash bin in Madrid after an anonymous
call to a local television station.
Meanwhile, Moroccan authorities have identified three Moroccan men detained
by Spanish police in connection with the bombings. Communications Minister
Nabil Bengdallah said Sunday in Rabat they are office worker Jamal Zougam,
mechanic Mohamed Bekkali, and factory worker Mohamed Chaoui. All three are
in their 30s.
Two other men detained by Spanish authorities remain unidentified.
The five men were arrested Saturday in connection with a mobile phone and
prepaid phone card found in an explosives-filled gym bag on one of the four
trains bombed Thursday.