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Spain says arrested man planned university attacks

MADRID: Spanish police said Thursday they have arrested a man who allegedly planned to imitate the 1999 Columbine school killings by planting bombs around a university campus.

In a statement, police said they seized 140 kilograms (308 pounds) of bomb-making material when they arrested the 21-year-old in the Balearic island city of Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday.

Police said that in his personal diary and Internet blog, the man - only identified by his initials J.M.M.S. - talked of his admiration for the perpetrators of the Columbine attacks and how he planned to place several bombs around a campus in Palma.

Twelve students and one teacher were killed in the Colorado school attack. The two perpetrators then killed themselves.

Spanish police said the arrested man had tried several times to purchase guns for the university attack, but then opted to use bombs by buying explosive-making material on the Internet.

The arrest took place Wednesday morning when the material was delivered to his house, the statement said.

Police said they had been watching the man for the past five months after messages referring to Columbine began appearing on Internet pages in Spain.

The statement said the man had openly expressed his hatred for students in his diary and blog.

 
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