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Judge says Madrid bombers "inspired" by al-Qaeda

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Judge says Madrid bombers "inspired" by al-Qaeda

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A Spanish judge investigating the March 11 train bombings in Madrid has laid charges against 29 people. Judge Juan Del Olmo says the attacks were carried out by a local Islamist cell which was “inspired but not directed” by al-Qaeda. A total of five people have been charged with 191 counts of terrorist killings and 1,755 attempted murders. Another 23 people were charged with collaboration.

Each count of terrorist murder could carry a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. A policeman was killed during a raid on suspected bombers a few weeks after the attacks, and seven top suspects blew themselves up. Another fled Spain and died fighting in Iraq.