March 18, 2004

Coping With Madrid Bombings

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Nine-hundred and twelve days after the traumatic Sept. 11 terrorists attacks on Washington and New York changed the face of U.S. society, American students studying in Spain had their world shaken again on March 11, with the coordinated bombing of fourcommuter trains in downtown Madrid in the midst of rush-hour traffic.

Three bombs first went off in one train in the Atocha train station — which serves as an inter-city and metro hub for Madrid. Seven bombs then exploded on the other trains.

The Spanish media has already begun referring to the attack as M-11, as it was the most devastating attack on Spanish soil, resulting in 201 deaths and over 1500 wounded.

Addressing the grieving country, President Jos