Book reveals identity of al-Qaeda spokesman
13 September 2004, MADRID – A new book reveals the identity of the terrorist who read out the haunting declaration on a videotape claiming responsibility for the Madrid massacre, it was reported Monday.
13 September 2004
MADRID – A new book reveals the identity of the terrorist who read out the haunting declaration on a videotape claiming responsibility for the Madrid massacre, it was reported Monday.
Spanish daily El Mundo reported the al-Qaeda 'spokesman' was Moroccan Rachid Oulad, who later blew himself up along with six other terrorists in a flat near Madrid on 3 April.
Oulad wore a mask and read out a message from al-Qaeda claiming responsibility for the Madrid massacre in which 191 people were killed on 11 March.
The videotape was found two days after the bombings in a car parked at the station where the bombers placed the devices on four trains.
Autor Casimiro García-Abadillo, in his new book '11 March - The Revenge', says the video was only found on 13 March, while the then Popular Party government of Jose Maria Aznar was still insisting that the culprits were ETA.
He says police received a warning at 7.40pm on 13 March that a video tape had been left at a wastepaper basket near a mosque in Madrid.
By 10.30pm, the Ministry of the Interior had the first translation of the text from the video.
At 12.40am – just seven hours before polls open for the general election – the then Minister of the Interior Angel Acebes called a press conference to announce the video and its contents.
In the video, an individual wears a cap and dark glasses and a white tunic. It is the typical dress of Islamic extremists who are preparing for martyrdom.
Police identified the man as Rachid Oulad, who read a text which started: "There is no higher god than Allah and his profit Mohammed."
Oulad holds a machine-gun while he reads the letter but identifies himself as Abu Dujan, al-Qaeda's representative in Europe.
He then goes on to claim responsibility for the bombings.
Oulad was one of seven terrorists who blew themselves up when surrounded by police at a flat in Leganes near Madrid on 3 April.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news