2004 Madrid train bombings

11 03 2011

From Wikipedia

The Madrid train bombings consisted of a series of coordinated bombings against the Cercanías (commuter train) system of Madrid, Spain on the morning of 11 March 2004 (three days before Spain’s general elections), killing 191 people and wounding 1,800. The official investigation by the Spanish Judiciary determined the attacks were directed by an al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell although no direct al-Qaeda participation (only “inspiration”) has been established. Spanish miners who did not carry out the attacks but who sold the explosives to the terrorists were also arrested. Controversy regarding the handling and representation of the bombings by the government arose with Spain’s two main political parties (Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and Partido Popular (PP)), accusing each other of concealing or distorting evidence for electoral reasons. The bombings occurred three days before general elections which resulted in the defeat of the incumbent José María Aznar’s PP, which had obtained a small but narrowing lead in the opinion polls. Immediately after the bombing leaders of the PP claimed evidence indicating the Basque separatist organization ETA was responsible for the bombings, an outcome generally thought favorable to the PP’s chances of being re-elected, while Islamist responsibility would have had the opposite effect as it would have been perceived a consequence of the PP government taking Spain into the Iraq War, a policy very unpopular with Spaniards.. Nationwide demonstrations and protests followed the attacks. The predominant view among political analysts is that the Aznar administration lost the general elections as a result of the handling and representation of the terrorist attacks, rather than the bombings per se. After 21 months of investigation, judge Juan del Olmo ruled Moroccan national Jamal Zougam guilty of physically carrying out the attack, ruling out any ETA intervention. The September 2007 sentence established no known mastermind nor direct al-Qaida link.

Tim Friend reports on the Madrid train blasts verdict-31 Oct

Al Jazeera’s Tim Friend reports on the October 31, 2007, verdict in the Madrid train bombings case

Inside Story – Madrid bombings verdicts – 01 Nov 07

Inside Story discusses the jail sentences handed down to 21 people involved in the Madrid train bombings.
All the sentences put t Inside Story discusses the jail sentences handed down to 21 people involved in the Madrid train bombings.
All the sentences put together run into thousands of years, but are tough sentences and strict security doing the job in the fight against terrorism?

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13 03 2011
Rivers

¿Verdad que es fascinante la claridad informativa de la Wikipedia con respecto a eventos que en nuestro país no han sido expuestos de forma tan diáfana?

14 03 2011
juanat

Verdad RIVERS, es pasmante lo fácil que se puede explicar y las vueltas que se han dado aquí.

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