December 31, 2006 |
A car bomb exploded at Madrid's international airport Saturday, and Spain's government, blaming the Basque group ETA, suspended plans for peace talks with the separatists. The blast left two people missing and 26 injured, most with damage to their ears from the shock wave. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the government would halt talks with ETA over the bombing.
September 9, 2006 |
A Madrid museum said Friday it would appeal a U.S. court decision to keep open a lawsuit seeking the return of a disputed Impressionist masterpiece allegedly stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family during World War II. The case involves ownership of "Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie," a Parisian street scene painted by Camille Pissarro in 1897, which is estimated to be worth $20 million. On Aug.
April 12, 2006 |
A judge issued the first indictments in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, charging 29 people with murder, terrorism or other crimes. Juan del Olmo, the investigative magistrate leading the inquiry, described the birth and workings of a cell of longtime residents, most of them from Morocco and Syria. Three of the 29 people indicted were charged with 191 counts of murder and 1,755 counts of attempted murder, and three others with conspiracy to commit those crimes.
February 14, 2005 |
Firefighters struggled for nearly 24 hours before controlling one of Madrid's worst blazes, which reduced a 32-story office building to a blackened hulk of twisted wreckage. Thick smoke and temperatures up to nearly 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit prevented firefighters from entering the Windsor building until late Sunday. The fire, which slightly injured seven people, erupted Saturday night. Though badly damaged, the tower didn't collapse.
November 17, 2004 |
A 16-year-old Spaniard was sentenced Tuesday to six years in a juvenile detention center after he pleaded guilty to helping steal and transport dynamite used in the March 11 train bombings here. It was the first trial arising from the bombings, which killed 191 people and wounded 1,900. The defendant was identified only by his initials, G.M., because he is a minor. He made a short appearance in the armored basement courtroom of Madrid's High Court building.
July 29, 2004 |
A plaque has gone up in Puerta del Sol, the rambunctious heart of this capital, in memory of the people killed in the spring's devastating train bombings. It's next to the plaque honoring the 1808 Spanish rebellion against Napoleon. And, at the hard-hit Atocha rail station, a virtual memorial with a computer display has replaced the candles, flowers and handwritten notes that sprouted that March morning of mass murder. Slowly, Madrid finds ways to recover.