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    MADRID, Spain - Ten terrorist bombs tore through trains and stations along a commuter line at the height of Madrid's morning rush hour Thursday, killing 173 people and wounding at least 600 before this weekend's general elections. Officials blamed Basque separatists for the worst terror attack in Spanish history.


    "This is mass murder," said a somber Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar following an emergency cabinet meeting, vowing to hunt down the attackers.



    The explosives used in the blasts were a type of dynamite that the ETA Basque separatist group normally uses, the Interior Ministry said following tests.



    People streamed away in tears from Madrid's Atocha terminal — where bombs exploded on two trains — as rescue workers carried bodies covered in sheets of gold fabric. The wounded, faces bloodied, sat on curbs and used cellphones to tell loved ones they were alive. Buses were pressed into service as ambulances, and hospitals appealed for blood donations.



    A total of 10 bombs exploded, killing 173 people and injured more than 600, Interior Minister Angel Acebes said. Police found and detonated three others.



    The blasts struck about 7:30 a.m. tearing apart trains or platforms on the commuter line running to the Atocha station, a bustling transportation hub in the capital. At least two of the bombs went off in trains that were in the Atocha station.



    Worst hit was a double-decker train at the El Pozo station, where two bombs killed 70 people, fire department inspector Juan Redondo said.



    Before the Thursday bombings, ETA had been blamed for more than 800 deaths in its decades-old campaign to carve an independent Basque homeland from territory straddling northern Spain and southwest France.



    "ETA had been looking for a massacre in Spain," Acebes said, citing recent thwarted attacks. "Unfortunately, today it achieved its goal."



    He said ETA tried a similar attack on Christmas Eve, placing bombs on two trains bound for a station that was not hit Thursday. He also noted the Feb. 29 police interception of a Madrid-bound van packed with more than 1,100 pounds of explosives. Authorities blamed ETA.



    "Therefore, it is absolutely clear and evident that the terrorist organization ETA was looking to commit a major attack," Acebes said. "The only thing that varies is the train station that was targeted."



    A top Basque politician, Arnold Otegi, denied the separatists were behind the blasts and blamed "Arab resistance." Many al-Qaida-linked terrorists were captured in Spain or were believed to have operated from there.



    Otegi told Radio Popular in San Sebastian that ETA always phones in warnings before it attacks. Acebes said there was no warning before Thursday's attack.



    "The modus operandi, the high number of victims and the way it was carried out make me think, and I have a hypothesis in mind, that yes it may have been an operative cell from the Arab resistance," Otegi said, noting that Spain's government backed the Iraq (news - web sites) war despite domestic opposition.



    Until now, the highest death toll in ETA-linked attacks was 21 killed in a supermarket blast in Barcelona in 1987.



    President Bush (news - web sites) called Aznar to express solidarity and sympathy, condemning "this vicious attack of terrorism in the strongest possible terms," National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack said.



    Rescue workers were overwhelmed, said Enrique Sanchez, an ambulance driver who went to Santa Eugenia station, about six miles southeast of the Atocha station.






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    "There was one carriage totally blown apart. People were scattered all over the platforms. I saw legs and arms. I won't forget this ever. I've seen horror," Sanchez said.

    Shards of twisted metal were scattered by rails in the Atocha station at the spot where an explosion severed a train in two.

    "I saw many things explode in the air ... it was horrible," said Juani Fernandez, 50, a civil servant who was on the platform waiting to go to work.

    "People started to scream and run, some bumping into each other and as we ran there was another explosion. I saw people with blood pouring from them, people on the ground," Fernandez said.

    "Those responsible for this tragedy will be arrested and they will pay very dearly for it," Acebes said at Atocha station.

    The attacks traumatized Spain on the eve of Sunday's general election.

    The campaign was largely dominated by separatist tensions in regions like the Basque country, with both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the opposition Socialists ruling out talks with ETA.

    The government convened anti-ETA rallies nationwide for Friday evening and announced three days of mourning.

    "What a horror," said the Basque regional president, Juan Jose Ibarretxe, who insisted ETA does not represent the Basque people. "When ETA attacks, the Basque heart breaks into a thousand pieces," he said in the Basque capital Vitoria.

    "This is one of those days that you don't want to live through," said opposition Socialist party spokesman Jesus Caldera. "ETA must be defeated," referring to the group as "those terrorists, those animals."

    In London, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw called the attacks terrorist atrocities and a "disgusting assault on the very principle of European democracy."

    Straw said that Britain stood "shoulder to shoulder" with Spain and was ready to send any kind of material help needed.

    Elsewhere, European Parliament President Pat Cox said the bomb attacks amounted to "a declaration of war on democracy."

    "No more bombs, no more dead," Cox said in Spanish before a hushed legislature in Strasbourg, France. "It is an outrageous, unjustified and unjustifiable attack on the Spanish people and Spanish democracy."

    Spanish officials had said ETA was against the ropes after the arrest last year of more than 150 members or collaborators in Spain and France, including the leaders of ETA's commando network. Last year, ETA killed three people, compared with 23 in 2000 and 15 in 2001.



    DEATH TOLL IS NOW 186
    Vets > Norms

  • #2
    i just read that a few mins ago on abcnews.com....

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    • #3
      i saw it in the news few hours ago... i feel realy bad for the people there....

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      • #4
        yeah, bad thing

        i dont think it was eta
        djf

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        • #5
          yea Im Spanish, everytime I go theres signs at the airports sayin to watch out for ppl from the ETA Terrorist Group. fuckin pricks... RIP to those that died
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          • #6
            yea it was ETA, who tha fuck would I be? who been using bombs in parking lots, public places like that? unless the terrorist group from Jerusalem ran to Spain for some chaos, it was ETA.
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            • #7
              fucking retarded people. as long as its not their life, lets take out as many others as we can...
              "a lot of truth is said in jest"

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              • #8
                Yeah I heard about this in school today.. This shit sucks

                RIP to all the people that died!
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                • #9
                  its scary now...
                  MM4

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                  • #10
                    OMFG why are they trying to ruin spains tourism and shit anyways....i heard they were fuckin up tourist attractions and people were warned not to go to spain...is it because basques want to have their own country and not be part of spain or am i just totally wrong?
                    Cain is for Charlie, and Delta is for Cain

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                    • #11
                      Thats Some Fucked Up Sht Rip To The Ones Who Died

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                      • #12
                        My Spanish teacher told us about that a few hours after it happened...she had friends near there...she had us all read the CCN and BBC reports in English and in Spanish...that's horrible tho...
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                        • #13
                          i can remember on semtember 11 everyone was waitin 4 the names of the dead people...jus to see if their friends and family made it. one of my friends relatives was in the building celebratin her birthday in some cafe or something....i dont know if there is any cafes in there but she got out at the right time apparently.
                          all these bomb threats make you feel you cant go anywhere
                          Cain is for Charlie, and Delta is for Cain

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                          • #14
                            I was in spain this time last week and it disturbs me to think I could have been there.


                            RIP to all those who died

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                            • #15
                              I was in spain this time last week and it disturbs me to think I could have been there.


                              RIP to all those who died

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