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Train Bombing in Madrid
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     challenging words:    al-Qaida, bomb-making, ruling, diplomatic, morgue, suicide, reelected, suspect, controversy, military, terrorist, directly, additional, leading, warning, camps
     content words:    Atocha Station, United States, New York, El Pozo Station, Santa Eugenia Station, Calle Tellez Station, Basque Homeland


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Train Bombing in Madrid
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Caption: Candles left in memory of the deaths at Atocha Station, Madrid, March 11, 2004
 
2     In 2004, about two and one-half years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States, an attack occurred in Spain. Bombs destroyed commuter trains in Madrid, killing and injuring hundreds of people.
 
3     The attacks worried people in the United States and other parts of the world because they feared that the attacks were the work of the same terrorists who had attacked in New York. Many people in Spain had different ideas. Since the attacks had occurred only three days before their election day, many believed that the attacks were the work of political rivals.
 
4     The explosions occurred early in the morning of March 11, 2004, as busy commuters were going to work. Bombs exploded in Atocha Station, a busy central station in Madrid. More bombs exploded in El Pozo Station, Santa Eugenia Station, and Calle Tellez Station, all on lines leading into the city.
 
5     One hundred ninety-one people were killed. The victims were from Spain and sixteen other countries. About eighteen hundred people were injured. By eight o'clock in the morning, ambulances and rescue workers were arriving. To treat the many victims, they set up a field hospital in a nearby sports facility. They also set up a temporary morgue.

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