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Spain Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Mar 15, 2004

This Public Announcement is being issued to update U.S. citizens on the situation in Madrid. It will expire on June 11, 2004.

A series of bombs was detonated on commuter trains in the Madrid area on Thursday, March 11, 2004, resulting in many deaths and injuries. At least three Americans were among the injured. Spanish authorities are notifying family members directly once the deceased have been identified.

Spanish authorities continue to investigate the crime. On March 11, following the attacks, there were serious communications and transportation disruptions in Madrid. Overseas telephone and mobile phone calls were disrupted. Peaceful demonstrations and expressions of mourning have occurred countrywide, often on short notice. U.S. citizens in Spain are encouraged to remain alert and avoid large crowds when possible.

Americans living in Spain, and those contemplating travel to Spain, should review the Consular Information Sheet for Spain and Andorra and review the Worldwide Caution of January 9, 2004, at http://travel.state.gov or at the U.S. Embassy website on http://www.embusa.es and monitor news broadcasts. Callers in the United States and Canada may reach the U.S. State Department, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or from outside the US and Canada call 317-472-2328.

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