Originally posted by BigBadBaldy
I was going to post something about this. Fucking horrible. There are suspicions that the ETA (Basque separatists) are not responsible as suspected, due to the M.O. and death toll being incongruous with their past methods.
Here's a link that you don't have to register for.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts, but Spanish officials said they suspected militant Basque separatists from the group E.T.A., whose initials stand for Basque Homeland and Freedom in Euskara, the Basque language. E.T.A. was placed on the United States's list of terrorist organizations in 2001 because it was determined by the State Department to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.
In December, the Spanish National Police and paramilitary agents found a bomb they say was planted by two suspected E.T.A. militants who were arrested and accused of plotting to detonate 100 pounds of explosives in two bombs at a busy Madrid train station.
The reputed E.T.A. members reportedly told the police that they had placed two other bombs beneath railway lines in the northern Aragón region, one of which blew up a day early without causing harm. Officers found the second bomb in Aragón beneath a railroad line.
Debate over E.T.A. had played a role in campaigning for the election on Sunday; after the attack campaigning was suspended.
Originally posted by Vote Quimby
Apparently ETA always calls in their bombings.
Of course they could change their MO, throwing off suspicion, regardless of what Batasuna says.
Originally posted by diablo
The bombing probably went "better" than they expected it to, and they're denying it now because of the inevitable rage and backlash. There is probably going to be a concerted (possibly US-aided) effort to wipe them (the ETA) out now, and they're trying to prevent that by passing the blame (probably to Al Qaeda).