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U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2004 - Portugal

Publisher United States Department of State
Author Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism
Publication Date 27 April 2005
Cite as United States Department of State, U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Terrorism 2004 - Portugal, 27 April 2005, available at: [accessed 12 December 2017]
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In response to the March 11 train bombings in Spain, Portuguese security forces reassessed the security situation for the June-July EURO 2004 soccer tournament, increasing security at all levels within the country, enhancing cooperation with neighboring countries, and soliciting NATO air support during the games. While the games went forward without incident, the Portuguese addressed certain vulnerabilities, most notably the use of false documentation, and the relative ease with which terrorists could enter the country. In November, the media revealed that Portugal had apprehended ten suspected terrorists, predominantly Moroccan nationals, on the eve of the EURO 2004 opening ceremony in Porto. The suspected terrorists were deported both to Morocco and the Netherlands. One was later linked to the terror cell that carried out the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. In addition, accused Indian terrorist Abu Salem remained in Portuguese custody pending extradition to India.

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