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Madrid attacks: Two more charged

Agencies | March 25, 2004 10:16 IST

A Spanish judge has charged two more persons, including a woman, in the March 11 bombings around Madrid, which killed 202 people.

Judge Juan del Olmo charged Naima Oulad and Rafa Zuher, both Moroccan nationals, with collaborating with a terrorist group in connection with the bombings, CNN quoted court officials as saying.

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With this the total number of people charged in the attacks has gone up to 11.

A court spokeswoman said both Oulad and Zuher maintained their innocence in the closed hearing, condemned Islamic terrorism and denied being members of the Al Qaeda.

Oulad is the sister of a man who also faces charges in the case.

Khalid Oulad was already held on other charges in the northern city of Salamanca and is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.

The new charges were announced after a state funeral for the victims of the bombings Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday a Spanish judge lifted the "incommunicado" status of two Indian men arrested shortly after the bombings.

The ruling means that the two can try to find lawyers and can see their family members.

Vinay Kohli and Suresh Kumar were charged with collaborating with a terrorist organisation, as well as fraud and forging a document.

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