Csaba Zsigovski, a Romanian citizen aged 26, had come to Spain with his girlfriend just five months earlier. Despite having studied chemistry, he had begun work as a building labourer. On the morning of 11 March, he took the metro from Moratalaz to Vicálvaro to catch the suburban train. He had arranged to meet the other labourers at Santa Eugenia station and from there to travel to the site where they were working. It was there that he was killed.
11 March 2004 fell on a Thursday. Early that morning, a number of terrorists with links to Al-Qaeda planted thirteen bombs on four suburban trains covering routes running through Madrid. Ten of the bombs exploded between 7.37 and 7.39 am, when the trains were at Atocha, El Pozo and Santa Eugenia stations and alongside Calle Téllez. 191 people were killed in the attack and around 1,500 were wounded. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Spanish history. On 3 April 2004, agents from the Special Operations Group (GEO) were about to enter an apartment in Leganés where the perpetrators of the attacks were believed to be hiding when the terrorists detonated twenty kilograms of explosives in an act of collective suicide. The ensuing blast killed one of the officers, bringing the total number of people killed by the 11 March bombers to 192.