Bells to ring out for Madrid massacre victims

24th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 February 2005, MADRID- Church bells will ring for five minutes in more than 650 churches across the Madrid region to mark the first anniversary of the 11 March train bombings which killed 191 people, the regional government said.

24 February 2005

MADRID- Church bells will ring for five minutes in more than 650 churches across the Madrid region to mark the first anniversary of the 11 March train bombings which killed 191 people, the regional government said.

The bells will start ringing at 7:37 am to mark the time at which the first bomb exploded in one of the four trains hit by the attacks, which also wounded 1,900 people.

Regional government vice-president Ignacio Gonzalez also announced that 11 March would be declared a day of mourning in the region and flags would be flown at half mast.

The government has also asked the public to observe five minutes of silence at midday, in front of all official buildings.

A commemorative mass will be celebrated in Madrid's Almudena Cathedral, at a time yet to be announced.

A small ceremony may also be held in the capital's central Retiro park, where 192 trees have been planted in an area known as the Woods of the Absent in memory of the victims and a policeman who was killed during a raid on a group of suspects in the bombing-seven of whom blew themselves up.

The Spanish parliament will observe a minute of silence on 10 March.

The main victims' association has said that its members wished to mark the occasion privately and that many would stay away from Madrid.

The 11 March attacks on crowded commuter trains in the Spanish capital were claimed by an Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic extremist group.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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