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Ten years after Madrid train bombs, Spain says it's still a target

Published on Mar 10, 2014 7:46 PM
 
Rescue workers evacuate the body of a victim following a terror bombing on a train at the Atocha railway station in Madrid on March 11, 2004. A decade after Al Qaeda-inspired bombers blew apart four Madrid commuter trains, killing 191 people, Spain's government warned the country remains a target and paid homage to hundreds of the victims. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - A decade after Al Qaeda-inspired bombers blew apart four Madrid commuter trains, killing 191 people, Spain's government warned the country remains a target and paid homage to hundreds of the victims.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Spain's worst terrorist attack, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Islamist extremists were still a threat.

Qaeda-linked groups referred frequently in their statements to "Al Andalus", or Spain, the minister told Onda Cero radio. "We are not the only ones, but we are in their sights," Fernandez Diaz said.

The Spanish counter-terrorist service's level of alert has remained at "a likely risk of attack" since the March 11, 2004 attack.

 
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