5,669. 3/11/2004

“On Thursday, March 11, 2004, thirteen bombs exploded on four morning rush-hour commuter trains in Madrid [Spain], killing 191 and wounding more than 1,500. Had the bombs exploded only a minute or so later, experts calculated, the glass roof of the main Atocha station might well have collapsed, resulting in many more casualties. The operation was astutely and symbolically timed–on the 911th day after the attacks in America and just three days before Spain’s legislative elections.”

 – Jonathan Randal, Osama, Page 299

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