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Madrid Bomb Ringleader Cornered, Blows Self Up

The Tunisian suspected ringleader of last month’s Madrid train bombings blew himself up with three accomplices after police cornered them in a suburban Madrid apartment, officials said Sunday. Serhane ben Abdelmajid Farkhet, 35, known as El Tunecino (The Tunisian), was one of several men who yelled defiant Arabic slogans before detonating a charge that also killed a policeman, Interior Minister Angel Acebes told a news conference. Another of the dead, Moroccan Abdennabi Kounjaa, was also among six suspects being hunted in connection with the March 11 bombings of four commuter trains, which killed 191 people. Fifteen police officers were wounded by the explosion during the Saturday night raid in Leganes, a Madrid suburb. One of the wounded officers was in serious condition. “The core group of those who carried out the terrorist act (the train bombings) have been detained or died in the collective suicide,” Acebes said. One body which had yet to be identified was wearing an explosives belt of the type favored by Palestinian militants, the minister added. It contained two kg (4.4 pounds) of explosives. Police also found 200 detonators and 22 pounds of dynamite, of the same type used in the train bombings and Friday’s thwarted rail bomb. Full Story

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