Bosnia denies link to Madrid massacre detonators

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12 May 2005, SARAJEVO — Bosnian prime minister Adnan Terzic denied a claim by a top police officer that detonators used in last year's Madrid train bombings were produced in Bosnia.

12 May 2005

SARAJEVO — Bosnian prime minister Adnan Terzic denied a claim by a top police officer that detonators used in last year's Madrid train bombings were produced in Bosnia.

"According to all data at the disposal of the relevant Bosnian services, that have been in permanent contact with the services in Spain, (the claims) are completely untrue," Terzic said in a statement.

Bosnian Serb police chief Dragomir Andan has claimed that the detonators used in the March 2004 attacks,in which 191 people were killed and nearly 2,000 injured, were made in the former Yugoslav republic.

Andan also said suspects linked to the attacks passed through Bosnia, but he offered no further details.

Terzic demanded an investigation into the allegations.

"If Andan had reasons to trust sources who provided him such information then he has a legal obligation to make them immediately available to those trying to investigate this monstrous act," he said.

The rush-hour bombings on four Madrid commuter trains have been blamed on al-Qaeda and were seen as a revenge attack by Islamic extremists for Spain's backing for the US-led war in Iraq.

Hundreds of fighters from Islamic countries fought alongside the Muslim-led Bosnian army during the country's 1992-95 war, and many later obtained Bosnian citizenship.

Post-war Bosnia consists of two-semi independent entities — the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Serb-run Republika Rpska. Each has its own government, parliament, army and police.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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