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Spain Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 07, 2004

This Public Announcement is being issued to provide updated information to U.S. citizens on the need to exercise special caution in using public transportation services in Spain. This supersedes the Public Announcement of March 12, 2004, and expires on July 2, 2004.

On April 2, 2004, railroad authorities and the Spanish Civil Guard discovered a ten-kilogram bomb on the train tracks between Seville and Madrid on the high speed "AVE" train line. In the largest attack of international terrorism in Europe in recent history, a series of bombs was detonated on commuter trains in the Madrid area and at the Atocha station on Thursday, March 11, 2004, resulting in numerous deaths and thousands of injuries. At least three Americans were among the injured. In possibly unrelated circumstances, in December 2003 and February 2004, Spanish authorities thwarted other potential attacks by intercepting explosives and apprehending suspects believed to be targeting Spanish transportation lines.

Although believed to have been perpetrated by different groups, these recent terrorist incidents involving threats to public transportation, specifically railroads, indicate the need for U.S. citizens in Spain to remain alert and to exercise special caution in using these public transportation services.

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 March 23, 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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