Police chief retracts Madrid bombing claims
25 May 2005, BANJA LUKA, BOSNIA — Bosnian Serb police chief Dragomir Andan retracted a claim that the detonators used in the Madrid train bombings last year were made in Bosnia.
25 May 2005
BANJA LUKA, BOSNIA — Bosnian Serb police chief Dragomir Andan retracted a claim that the detonators used in the Madrid train bombings last year were made in Bosnia.
Andan said earlier this month that police investigations showed the detonators used in Spain were made in Bosnia and that suspects linked to the attacks had passed through the country, but he offered no further details.
"I did not argue that it was the case, I said this was operative and intelligence data. Meaning that (such) data should be checked," Andan said in an interview with the Bosnian daily Nezavisne Novine.
Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said last week during a visit to Sarajevo that Andan's claims were being checked but that there was so far no indication to back them up.
Bosnian and international community representatives had called for Andan's resignation over the allegation, which was feared to jeopardise Bosnia's position in the US-led fight against terrorism.
"I apologise sincerely if I upset citizens, for it was not my intention", he said adding that his statements had been taken out of context.
The Madrid train bombings in March 2004 left 191 people dead and nearly 2,000 injured.
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Subject: Spanish news