Al-Qaeda 'claims Madrid bombings'
Al-Qaeda has allegedly said it carried out the Madrid train bombings, the country’s interior minister has said. Angel Acebes said police had recovered a videotape in which a man identifying himself as al-Qaeda’s military spokesman in Europe makes the claim. The minister says the authenticity of the video has not been verified. His announcement comes hours after Spanish authorities arrested five suspects in connection with the blasts which killed 200 people. The developments came as the first funerals for the victims of the bombings took place in the capital and across Spain. In the video, a man speaking Arabic with a Moroccan accent says the attacks were revenge for Spain’s “collaboration with the Bush criminal alliance”, the government said. The Spanish government backed the US-led invasion of Iraq last year despite widespread popular uncertainty about the war. Full Story