Thursday, March 11, 2004

Spain blasts: Spanish say probably Basque Separatists, Bush (surprise!) says AQ 

Not that Bush would ever, ever want to mention "domestic terrorism," even in Spain.

U.S. intelligence agencies believe it is too early to conclude who was behind rush-hour explosions in Madrid that killed at least 180 people, but see the attack as bearing hallmarks of both the Basque separatist group ETA and al Qaeda, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

"It's going to be muddy for a while until the Spanish authorities get in there and start doing some forensics," the U.S. official said.

The only mud is the mud Bush is throwing. No surprise there either.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the 10 simultaneous rush-hour blasts at three railway stations that also injured around 900 people. But Spain blamed ETA [the Basque separatist group].
"There are characteristics of each," the official said, referring to ETA and Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al Qaeda network.

"You have multiple attacks, multiple explosions in different locations in a short period of time which is very al Qaeda-ish," the official told Reuters. Al Qaeda has been blamed for bombing attacks on Western interests, including the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks on America.

"But ETA has long threatened tourists and commuters and they have attacked trains in the past, they have attacked rail stations in the past." ...
(via Reuters)

Hey, what a victory for us! Spain is the new flypaper! But don't tell Spain that....

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