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MADRID, Spain — Spanish police found explosives Friday on a high-speed rail line between Madrid and Seville, near Toledo.
A train employee called in bomb-disposal experts, who discovered a suspicious bag that had 22-24 pounds of dynamite, 430 feet of cable and a detonator inside, Interior Minister Angel Acebes said.
The track runs about 40 miles south of Madrid on the rail line running to Seville, a line popular with beach-goers.
The explosives were connected to a detonator with a 430-foot cable, the minister told reporters.
The train line was stopped and remains frozen, keeping 10 trains at a standstill on the rails. Friday marks the day when vacationers begin leaving town for the Easter holidays, so the train stations were packed with travelers.
The track is used by Spain's Ave trains, which can reach speeds of 186 mph.
The discovery follows the March 11 series of 10 backpack explosions that tore through four Madrid commuter trains that killed 191 people and injuring more than 1,800.
The type of bomb found Friday appeared to be different than those used in the March 11 attack, when bombs were detonated with cell phones attached to the explosives.
Investigators said they believe a Moroccan extremist group linked to Al Qaeda had a hand in the earlier attack but so far, they're not saying a word about who is responsible for Friday's planned bombing.
Fox News military analyst Maj. Bob Belvelacqua said so far, Friday's bomb doesn't look like the word of Al Qaeda, which is known for planning intricate, coordinated attacks.
"This is likely the work of a single bomber," Belvelacqua said.
On Thursday, police in northern Spain defused three letter bombs addressed to journalists in Madrid.
Acebes said the origin of the letter bombs has not been determined, although the mechanism of the bombs is "similar to those that have been used by anarchist groups on previous occasions."