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N.Y. Bells to Toll for Madrid Victims

March 18, 2004|From Newsday

NEW YORK — One week after the Madrid train bombing, there will be a moment of silence and the tolling of church bells in New York City's five boroughs.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the tribute Wednesday, the same day he delivered condolences to the citizens of Madrid at a meeting with Spain's consul general in midtown.

The mayor met privately with Consul General Juan Manuel Egea Ibanez for several minutes before writing, "All the people of New York grieve with you," in a book reserved for condolence messages.

The bombings, which killed 201, have special resonance in New York, where nearly 2,800 people were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Bloomberg said.

Security in the city was beefed up after the Madrid bombings, with special emphasis on the subways, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.

The commissioner has said two NYPD detectives dispatched to Madrid after the attacks have been sending back useful intelligence to New York.

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