Statement following the Near Simultaneous Explosions on Three Trains in Madrid on 11 March 2004

President Thabo Mbeki today, Thursday, 11 March 2004 conveyed the South African government's heartfelt condolences to King Don Juan Carlos I, the government and people of Spain following explosions on three commuter trains in Madrid today.

"The South African government expresses its shock and dismay at the horrific explosions on three commuter trains today, Thursday, 11 March 2004, that resulted in the deaths of more than one hundred and seventy passengers, and injury to hundreds more," said President Mbeki.

"During this moment of great sorrow and bereavement the thoughts and prayers of South Africans are with the government and people of the Kingdom of Spain and in particular with the families and friends of the victims of these devastating blasts. Please accept Your Majesty, on behalf of the government and people of South Africa our sincere and heartfelt condolences during this difficult moment," said President Thabo Mbeki.

The South African government reiterates its outrage and condemnation of all forms of terrorism against innocent, defenceless civilians.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
Pretoria
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11 March 2004

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