MADRID (Reuters) – Dynamite in a bomb found on a high-speed rail track in Spain Friday is of the same type and brand as used in the March 11 bombings of four Madrid commuter trains that killed 191 people, the government said Saturday.
Spanish authorities cast no light on who might be responsible for planting 12 kg (26 lbs) of explosives on the high-speed rail link between Madrid and the southern Spanish city of Seville, saying it was too early to point to any particular group.
Friday’s bomb was defused after being spotted by railway workers.
Islamic militants are suspected of carrying out last month’s bombings of the Madrid trains.
Signs that the dynamite used in the bomb found Friday could be of the same Goma 2 Eco make used on March 11 has raised fears that Spain may be at risk of further attacks.
“It’s the same type of explosives and the same brand,” Interior Minister Angel Acebes told a news conference.
However, officials say Goma 2 Eco dynamite is commonly used in mining in Spain.
Asked if Spain suspected the radical Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group was to blame for planting Friday’s bomb, Acebes said it would be hasty to conclude that a particular organization was responsible.
Acebes has pointed to the militant Islamic group as prime suspect in the March 11 attacks.
Acebes also said it was possible that the type of detonator found in Friday’s bomb could be the same as ones used by the March 11 bombers.
“It’s possible that some of this type of detonator may have been in the possession of some of the groups that are being investigated (over March 11),” he said, adding however that the detonators too were typical of ones used in mines.