Palma consulate staff were keeping a close eye on the television news; a close friend of a consulate employee was on one of the trains involved in the blast. The Consul was receiving regular e-mails and updates from the Embassy in Madrid yesterday. He said that Madrid Consular staff had been deployed to the disaster scenes and hospitals across the Spanish capital to investigate if any UK citizens had been caught in the blast. The Consul's advice to Britons planning on coming to Spain and the Balearics is to keep an eye on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice which is posted on their web site.
Yesterday it stated you should be alert to the activities of the Basque terrorist group ETA who recently renewed their threat to attack the Spanish tourist industry in 2004. There is a general threat in Spain to Western, including British, targets from terrorism.
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