Al-Qaeda 'claimsMadrid massacre'

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11 March 2004, MADRID - Ten bomb attacks at different train stations in Madrid which killed 190 people and injured more than 1,200 have been claimed by Al-Oaeda, reports said Thursday.

11 March 2004

MADRID - Ten bomb attacks at different train stations in Madrid which killed 190 people and injured more than 1,200 have been claimed by Al-Oaeda, reports said Thursday.

An Arabican newspaper said late Thursday that the devastating bomb attacks have been claimed by Al-Qaeda.

Authorities in Spain have not confirmed this report.

Interior Minister Angel Acebes later revealed that an Islamic tape had been found with detonators in a stolen van recovered near Madrid.

The van was found in the town of Alcala de Henares - where three of the four bombed trains originated. The other train passed through the town.

Acebes said the tape - one of seven discovered in the van - contained verses of the Koran, in Arabic, relating to education.

"Because of this, I have just given instructions to the security forces not to rule out any line of investigation," he said.

But he said ETA still remained the main suspect.

The attacks happened at Atocha station, which lies in the heart of city station,  and two smaller stations, Santa Eugenia and El Pozo, at about 7.30am Thursday.

They would have been timed to hit commuters in Madrid in the height of the rush-hour.

Juan Palomo, journalist for television channel Atena 3, described the scene at Atocha station as "chaos".

"There is panic and a number of bodies have been covered up. One train seems to have been totally destroyed," he said.

In another report, a Spanish journalist said: "I cannot say how many people have been killed but at least four bodies have been covered up."

A reporter for the Associated Press news agency saw a woman with blood on her face outside the station, and medical staff were seen treating at least three people.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far.

Police have been on alert for Basque separatist violence ahead of Sunday's general election.  

The area around Atocha station, which lies in the heart of Madrid, has been cordoned off.

Atocha is a huge rail station used by commuter and inter-city trains, which also has a metro station.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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