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  Al-Qaeda 'claims Madrid bombings'
Updated 14 March 2004, 11.21
Train wreckage in Madrid
A man claiming to be al-Qaeda's European military spokesman has said in a videotaped message it carried out the Madrid train attacks which killed 200.

Spanish authorities have said they are trying to confirm if the tape is from the terrorist group or not.

The discovery of the tape came just after five men, three Moroccans and two Indians, were arrested on Saturday night in connection with the blasts.

Earlier on Saturday, the first funerals for those who died took place.

In the video message, the man said in Arabic that the attacks were because of Spain's support for the Iraq war.

Angry protesters
On the third day of official mourning, Spaniards are also turning out to vote in their general election.

Many are very angry about the terrorist attacks which injured more than 1,500 people, and millions marched on the streets in protest.

But hundreds of people also demonstrated noisily, claiming the government was trying to unfairly push the theory that the terrorist group Eta carried out the attacks.

Spanish authorities said they were looking at all theories, and that one possibility was that Eta may have been working with al-Qaeda in some way.

The five men who are being questioned were thought to be linked with a mobile phone and SIM card found by police inside a bag with an unexploded bomb.



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