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.
Judge says Madrid bombers "inspired" by al-Qaeda