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Railway Station Blasts Kill 15 in Spain's Capital

March 11, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

MADRID — Explosions at railway stations in southern Madrid killed 15 people on packed trains during this morning's rush hour, news agencies reported.

Authorities had been on alert for possible Basque separatist violence ahead of general elections set for Sunday.

But the cause of the explosions was not immediately determined.

People living near the Atocha station reported hearing at least two explosions.

Atocha is a huge downtown complex with a subway station and both commuter and long-distance trains.

A reporter saw a woman with a bloodied face outside the station. Medics were seen treating at least three people there, and a man was taken away on a stretcher.

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