The massacre also took place exactly two and a half years after the on the United States in 2001. The police reported numerous victims and spoke of 50 wounded and several dead. The Al Qaeda Connection The identity of the terrorists who carried out the March 11th multiple bombings of the Madrid commuter trains, which killed 201 people and wounded more than 1600, still has not been determined. The letter claiming responsibility for the attack on Thursday was delivered to Al Quds Al Arabi, a London-based Arab newspaper. According to the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center, this is the only Islamist terrorist act in the history of Europe where international Islamists collaborated with non-Muslims. He had a ticket for the train, and when the police halted the train and searched it, they found a second bomb. Based on the video recording from the station security system, the first bomb exploded at 07:37, and two others exploded within 4 seconds of each other at 07:38.
He said the attack could have been the work of ''Arab resistance. He also is a suspect in the May 16, 2003, bombings in Casablanca, Morocco, that killed 33 people and 12 suicide bombers affiliated with Al Qaeda. That bomb used a mobile phone Trium as a timer, requiring a card to activate the alarm and thereby detonate. To date more than 70 men have been arrested in the bombing. These train services are run by the Spanish national rail company,. The discovery of these different components led to suggestions that there could have been some accidental contamination of the samples and explosive remains, although a definitive cause of such contamination has not been established.
All the affected trains were traveling on the same line and in the same direction between and the station in Madrid. At 08:00, emergency relief workers began arriving at the scenes of the bombings. The attacks consisted of a series of ten explosions that occurred at the peak of the Madrid rush hour aboard four commuter trains. However, plane tickets aboard Iberia Airlines typically cost upward of 117 euros, and while the flight is only an hour and five minutes long, wait times for luggage, boarding, and check-in can take upwards of four hours. Prime Minister Aznar's decision to deploy forces to Iraq had been very unpopular in Spain. Archived from on 4 September 2009. Within a span of three minutes, of the 13 devices believed to have been placed by terrorists in the four commuter trains, 10 had exploded while three had failed to detonate.
Two more bombs on one train detonated at 7:41 at El Pozo del Tío Raimundo station. In Italy, the government declared a state of high alert. On this day in 2004, 191 people are killed andnearly 2,000are injured when 10 bombs explode on four trains in three Madrid-area train stations during a busy morning rush hour. I escaped with my life by a hair. When you start planning your , consider a day or weekend trip to nearby Seville so you can watch Flamenco dancers perform in the Triana neighborhood, tour the Moorish Almohad Alcázar castle, or visit Christopher Columbus' final resting place at the Seville Cathedral.
It was Europe's worst terror attack since the bombing of over , Scotland, in December 1988. A Tunisian man identified by the Spanish government as the ringleader of the March 11 bombings in Madrid was among five suspects who may have been killed Saturday when they blew themselves up as police closed in on their apartment, Spanish authorities said. On April 3rd in an attempt to arrest two of the prime suspects Mohammed Oulad Akcha and Rachid Oulad Akcha, brothers; Spanish police raided a flat in the Madrid suburb of Leganes. Clara Escribano, who was travelling to work when her train was torn apart in one of the attacks, still lives with the memory. Some 4,000 square metres of the centre of the old building also houses a beautiful tropical garden. The train was blown apart.
The main lines end in the new terminal; commuter train platforms are located underground, at the ingress to a rail tunnel extending northward under the Paseo de la Castellana. On Thursday, the king, accompanied by his wife, Queen Sofía; their son and heir, Prince Felipe; and his fiancée, Letizia Ortíz, visited a hospital in central Madrid to comfort survivors and their families. However, the fastest and most convenient way to travel is to take the high-speed , which was first established to connect these two major Spanish hubs and has since expanded to provide service to cities across the country. The seven chief suspects committed suicide on April 3, 2004, by blowing themselves up in an apartment near Madrid, also killing a policeman. Archived from on 7 October 2008.
The tactic was to break the U. The forest is surrounded by a stream, with water as the symbol of life. I never saw anything like this. The police did controlled explosions on three other bombs. The group dealing with Islamist extremists was very small and in spite of having carried out some surveillances, they were unable to stop the bombings. This stands in sharp contrast to other large-scale terrorist attacks such as those in New York and London, which galvanized society and political forces towards unity.
She stated that the only thing she could identify in these tests were generic components of dynamite. Archived from on 16 February 2007. Bombings map During the peak of Madrid rush hour on the morning of Thursday, 11 March 2004, ten explosions occurred aboard four commuter trains cercanías. The explosions occurred during the morning rush hour, targeting a busy commuter rail line that runs just south of downtown Madrid. El Pozo del Tío Raimundo Station train number 21435 — At approximately 07:38, just as the train was starting to leave the station, two bombs exploded in different carriages. Ten bombings inside commuter trains traveling to three different stations in the city centre killed a total of 191 people and injured more than 1,800. As of 2018, this station has daily services to in.