Madrid marks anniversary of 2004 deadly terrorist attack

12:48, March 12, 2011      

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The Spanish capital Madrid on Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the country's worst ever terrorist attack.

The attack, which was carried out by groups linked to al-Qaeda on March 11, 2004, claimed 192 lives and left 1,050 people injured as a series of bombs went off in early morning commuter trains either inside or en route to Madrid's Atocha railway station.

Local politicians, including Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon and President of the Community of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre, were present at a ceremony along with several prominent parliament members from the Socialist (PSOE) Party.

With Mozart's Requiem playing, they placed a laurel wreath on a plaque dedicated to the victims of the attack and those first responders from the city's emergency services.

On a separate occasion, Pilar Manjon, president of the Association for the Victims of 11-M, inaugurated a monument dedicated to the 68 people who died at the El Pozo station, just a few kilometers away from the Atocha station.

She was joined by around 300 people, including survivors and victims' families and friends.

Manjon accused some of Spain's political parties, especially the opposition Popular Party (PP), of trying to make use of the tragedy to earn "political capital."

"Leave our dead in peace. The case is now closed after a serious and fair court inquiry," she said.

Source: Xinhua

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