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Madrid honours victims of bombing
Spain's Queen Sofia (left) enters the Almudena cathedral with Madrid's Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Valela to listen to a mass service, 16 March 2004
Queen Sofia (left) helped lead the mourning
Several thousand people, including Spain's Queen Sofia, have attended a memorial service for those killed in the Madrid bomb attacks.

The service was held at Almudena cathedral, Madrid's largest.

This was a chance to reflect on where it all began - with the horrific bombing of four commuter trains in the Thursday morning rush hour.

The archbishop of Madrid said the people of the city had responded magnificently to the crisis.

"The tragic attacks of March 11 have sunk us all into deep pain," Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Valela said.

"To kill your own kind, to kill a brother, is to attack God himself."

His congregation's faith would not be shaken by terrorism, he promised.

Silent march

A giant black ribbon - now a symbol of Spain's collective grief - hung next to the altar.

And black ribbons were pinned to the clothes of mourners fingering rosary beads outside.

Outside Madrid, in the commuter town of Alcala de Henares - the home of about 40 of the victims, and where the bombs were suspected to have been put on three of the four trains hit - residents held a silent evening march to protest against the violence.

An estimated 50,000 marchers carried photos of victims and candles.


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