Alleged al-Qaeda letter claims responsibility for Madrid bombings

from CBC.ca archives | Thu, 11 Mar 2004

MADRID - A London-based Arabic newspaper says an al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for the series of deadly bombs that ripped across a train line in Madrid, but Spanish officials maintain Basque separatists are still the chief suspects.

The newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi said it received a five-page e-mail from the Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri claiming its "death squad" had penetrated "one of the pillars of the crusade alliance, Spain."

About 190 people died Thursday when 10 bombs exploded on the trains.

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One of the destroyed cars (AP photo)

One of the destroyed cars (AP photo)