Date: 11 March 2004
Location: Madrid, Spain
Type of event: terrorism
Multiple bombings on trains in Madrid, Spain, killed 191 and injured 1,876 during morning rush hour. At 7:39 AM four bombs exploded on a train approaching Atocha station, killing at least 59, while three bombs exploded on a train inside the station, killing at least 30. Two bombs exploded on a double-decker train at El Pozo station at 7:41 AM, killing at least 70. At 7:43 AM one explosion on a train at Santa Eugenia station killed at least 17. Police defused three more bombs hidden in backpacks. Reported figures included 192 dead as of 12 March; one infant died of injuries on 12 March and one person on 13 March. The death toll was revised from 202 to 190 on 23 March, and rose to 191 in early April; of those, 13 died in hospitals of wounds. Those killed included 47 foreign citizens, including 8 from Romania, 5 from Ecuador, 4 from Poland, 3 from Columbia, 3 from Peru, 3 from Morocco, 2 from the Dominican Republic, 2 from Honduras, and 1 each from Bulgaria, France, Cuba, Chile, and Guinea. Some authorities quickly blamed Basque seperatists, although such an attack is inconsistent with their past actions. However, a few days later five foreigners were arrested in connection to the attacks.
Consequences: 191 killed, 1,876 injured
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