Bin Laden to become 'martyr': Spanish victims association
The killing of Osama bin Laden by US commandos will turn him into a "martyr" and will not put an end to terrorism, the head of an association of victims of the Madrid train bombings said Monday.
Pilar Manjon, whose son was one of the 191 people who were killed in the early morning bombings of four packed communter trains on March 11, 2004 -- Europe's worst Islamic terror attack -- said the death of the Al-Qaeda leader "serves us little".
"A monster has died, but they have killed a martyr, they are going to transform him into a martyr," she said.
"It makes us smile but it is an acidic smile. Terrorism has not ended today. I wish it would put an end to terrorism, but that is not the case," she added.
The news that the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks had been shot dead in Pakistan in a military operation triggered spontaneous celebrations by thousands of exultant Americans in Washinton and New York City.
"I saw the images from the United States. They gave the impression that global terrorism had ended. Given the number of victioms they had, it is understandable, but terrorism has not ended," said Manjon.
"While it was him that gave the orders, with this type of terrorism, that has many unconnected cells, it is very difficult to say that it has ended."
The Madrid train bombing, the deadliest terror attack in the West since the September 11 attacks, was carried out by a local cell of Islamic extremists in the name of Al-Qaeda.
In 2007, a court convicted 21 of 28 defendants who stood trial in the bombings case on charges ranging from weapons possession to mass murder, most of them Moroccans.
A handful of the 21 were later acquitted on appeal to the Supreme Court.
© 2011 AFP