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  Spain mourns train bomb victims
Updated 12 March 2004, 15.05
People light candles for the dead
Spanish schools have closed as part of three days of mourning for the 198 people killed by in Madrid on Thursday.

Millions of people are expected to take to the streets to demonstrate and remember the victims, with important politicians from Europe joining them.

More than 1,400 people were hurt when 10 bombs blasted through busy trains.

The terrorist group Eta is being blamed for the attacks, but some suspect Osama bin Laden's terrorist network al-Qaeda might have been to blame.

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What happened
6.39am GMT: Four bombs explode on a train near the Atocha station, killing at least 59
At the same time, three bombs explode in Atocha station killing 30
6.41am GMT: Two explosions on a double-decker train kill at least 70
6.42am GMT: Bomb explodes on a train at Santa Eugenia station killing 17
Millions of people in Spain have already taken part in a minute's that took place at midday and flags in the country are flying at half-mast.

A Spanish minister said a van had been found near Madrid with seven detonators and a tape of Islamic readings.

Spanish authorities are still trying to find out which terrorist group was behind the bombs.

An Arabic newspaper, Al-Quds, which is based in London, said it was sent an e-mail which claimed a group with links to al-Qaeda said it carried out the attacks.

US officials are helping to find out whether al-Qaeda had anything to do with it.

World leaders have sent messages to Spanish leaders to offer their support, including President George Bush who told the King of Spain that America "stood strong with the people of Spain."

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