ADVERTISEMENT

Spain remembers historic attack on Madrid's train network

Spain remembers historic attack on Madrid's train network
Copyright 
By Robert Hackwill
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

March 11 2004 is an infamous date in the Spanish calendar, as on that day an al-Qaeda cell killed 191 people and injured 2000 in a series of bomb attacks in Madrid.

ADVERTISEMENT

The Spanish people are remembering the terrible events of the 11th of March 2004, when 10 bombs exploded on four trains at three Madrid train stations, killing nearly 200 people.

Nearly 2000 others were injured in the terrorist attacks, initially thought to be the work of Basque separatists ETA, but within hours attributed to Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda.

At the time Spain was part of the coalition of forces fighting in Iraq, where it had sent an armed contingent. The explosions effectively ended Spain’s participation as the troops were brought home.

Ceremonies were held at Madrid’s main Atocha station, where the bombs claimed most victims, and the nearby El Retiro park, where a memorial forest of olive and cypress trees was planted after the attacks.

The government’s handling of the attack and its aftermath was fiercely criticised, and led to its removal in the election three days later, when the opposition Socialists stormed back into power on the back of a protest vote.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

What’s behind Milei’s latest spat with Spanish government?

Why is Catalan question affecting European elections campaign in Spain?

Protesters rally against Spain's right-wing Vox party's conference in Madrid