Friday, March 11, 2005

Silly me, I thought train bombing was an act of terrorism...

...not just run-of-the-mill militancy.

11 March 2005 (Friday)

@0705 EST

Natalie Morales: "Today in Spain, a somber remembrance. Much of Spain came to a standstill this morning to remember the 191 people killed in the Madrid train bombings one year ago today. Al Qaeda-linked militants claimed responsibility for last year's attack."

As my boss quipped, "maybe she was reading the Reuters' stylebook last night."

Hmm, possibly:

MADRID (Reuters) - The calendar finally returned to March 11 on Friday, forcing Spain to remember the traumatic Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people a year ago.

Church bells will ring at 7:37 a.m. (0137 EST) to mark the first of the 10 explosions aboard four commuter trains in Madrid, and the whole of Spain will pause for five minutes of silence at midday.

World leaders led by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and hundreds of security experts gathered in Madrid to reflect on the attacks, carried out by Islamist militants three days before a general election.