Kalina Dimitova and Andryan Andrianov were counting down the days to their wedding on 16 May. They had already paid for the wedding banquet, bought their outfits and had even put down a deposit on an apartment. It was to be Kalina’s second marriage: she had been married previously in her native Bulgaria, but had been widowed when her husband and brother were killed in a car accident. Kalina and Andryan did not usually travel together, but on the morning of 11 March they boarded the same commuter train to sign some papers in Madrid. They were both killed. Their families buried them together, in the cemetery at Torrejón, with the outfits they had bought for their wedding day.
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.