Spain mourns terror attack, al Qaeda not responsible

by on March 12th, 2004

Spain has begun three days of mourning for nearly 200 victims of a coordinated attack on Madrid’s commuter trains a day earlier.

Authorities are still investigating who carried out the near simultaneous bombings at the height of morning rush-hour Thursday.

The Interior Ministry Friday raised the death toll to 198, with about 1,400 wounded in the attacks.


While a group claiming to represent al Qaeda said it was behind the attack, intelligence sources have consistently told CNN that the group does not speak for al Qaeda, and is unreliable.(Full story)

Spanish officials are blaming ETA, a Basque separatist group which has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

Spanish Interior Minister Angel Acebes said while ETA remains the prime suspect, authorities cannot rule out the possibility the bombings “might be linked with the Arab world.”

Etalkinghead Staff