Relatives and victims of the Madrid train bombings have been holding ceremonies to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.
A total of 191 people were killed and more than 1,800 others hurt when a series of bombs went off almost simultaneously on the city’s rail network. Pilar Manjon, head of a victims’ association said: “There isn’t a minute or second in which we don’t remember what we were doing in 2004.” She also criticised the lack of any official representative at the ceremony. But at the memorial site next to Atocha station, there was another service attended by the city’s major and other dignitaries. A minute of silence was also respected by the Spanish parliament whose leader described the attack as the worst terrorist crime ever committed in the country. On this day five years ago, ten bombs hidden in rucksacks began exploding on four trains packed with commuters in the early morning rush hour. A videotape later found by police claimed the attack was in revenge for Spain sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-one people have been convicted for their part in the attacks, on charges ranging from weapons possession to mass murder.