Madrid Bombings

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(11 Mar. 2004)

A number of bombs were planted by terrorists linked to al-Qaeda on suburban trains, which detonated at rush hour. One hundred and ninety-one people died and almost two thousand were injured. Fearful that the bombings would be linked to his unpopular decision to support the USA in the Iraq War, the Spanish Prime Minister, Aznar, tried to link the attack to the Basque terrorist organization, ETA. This manoeuvre was sharply criticized by civil rights organizations as well as the Spanish opposition, led by Zapatero. The three days between the attacks and the general elections on 14 March saw the Popular Party's lead diminish, with Zapatero's Socialist Workers' Party securing a resounding victory at the polls.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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