Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday marked the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500 others and vowed to “eradicate terrorism.”
“Nine years ago, Spain suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history on a day like this,” Rajoy said.
Freedom, democracy and life itself “have ferocious enemies, but they will never be able to defeat us,” the prime minister said.
Madrid regional government chief Ignacio Gonzalez and Madrid Mayor Ana Botella, meanwhile, placed a wreath at the Puerta del Sol, where a plaque honors the victims of the terrorist attacks.
Four Madrid commuter trains were torn apart on March 11, 2004, during the morning rush hour when backpack bombs placed aboard the trains were detonated by remote control by Islamic terrorists.