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Letters warn of French rail bombing

A shadowy group called AZF that is seeking to extort money through bomb threats against rail lines in France has warned of a new “Madrid tragedy” in letters to the authorities here, according to officials. “Save yourselves from the Madrid tragedy,” said the threat, in reference to the train bombings on March 11, 2004, in Spain that killed more than 190 people. “Do not compromise your fellow citizens’ security,” it said. The officials added that the threats were not specific and that they spoke of a lesson being taught and set a date for further contact with the authorities in May. The state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Friday that the group – or possibly individual – calling itself AZF sent two letters on Thursday, one to President Jacques Chirac and one to the Interior Ministry. Both of the identical letters, which were posted in France, contained pieces of detonators of the kind that can be used to set off a bomb, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified. Full Story

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