Terrorist: Madrid Train Bombs
|born on||11 March 2004 at 07:39 (= 07:39 AM )|
|Place||Madrid, Spain, 40n24, 3w41|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||21°02' 16°50 Asc. 21°57'|
Spanish terrorist attack, with ten bombs detonated at rush hour at Spanish railway stations. Initially authorities thought the action was perpetrated by ETA, the Basque separatist organization, but later the Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi said it had received a claim of responsibility issued in the name of al-Qaeda. The bomb attacks left over 200 dead and more than 1,400 others wounded.
A total of ten bombs, nearly all in backpacks, exploded in a 15-minute span along nine miles of the commuter line - running from Santa Eugenia to the Madrid hub of Atocha. Five Moroccans were arrested in the days following, and ties to an Islamic Fundamentalist group are suspected.
The bombings occurred just three days before an election was to be held. In an upset, the incumbent, Jose Maria Aznar, whose government supported the United States War on Iraq, was swept out of power in the election of Sunday, March 14, 2004.
Segundo Ruiz quotes Spanish newspaper accounts for the time of the first bomb; within the 15 minutes following, nine other bombs exploded.
- Mundane : Political : Terrorist attacks
- Mundane : Disasters : Deranged Actions