12 Mar, 2023 @ 15:00
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Spain’s prime minister dedicates ‘heartfelt remembrance’ to victims on anniversary of March 11 bombings 

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SPANISH PRIME Minister Pedro Sanchez yesterday dedicated ‘heartfelt remembrance’ to the victims of the Madrid terrorist attacks that took place on March 11, 2004

He also used the 19th anniversary of the atrocities to highlight the ‘strength’ of Spain’s democracy, ‘of our value system, in the face of fanaticism and extremism’. 

‘It’s impossible for the passing of time to erase the memory of such an unreal morning,’ he said, in reference to the coordinated attacks on a series of Madrid commuter trains, and which claimed nearly 200 lives. 

‘Today, like every March 11, we pay tribute to the victims, we feel the pain of the families and friends as if it were our own,’ he added. 

The bombings took place just three days before Spain’s general elections, and were initially attributed to Basque terror group ETA. An official investigation, however, found that they were carried out by local cells of Islamic extremists. 

The attacks were the deadliest ever carried out in Spain and the worst in Europe since 1998.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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