Crackdown on explosives security

10th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

10 December 2004, MADRID-Spain has ordered the inspection of all mines and factories which deal with explosives in the wake of the Madrid bombings.

10 December 2004

MADRID-Spain has ordered the inspection of all mines and factories which deal with explosives in the wake of the Madrid bombings.

Islamic extremists used explosives stolen from a mine in the northern province of Asturias to blow up four commuter train and kill 191 people and injure more than 1,800 in March.

The Spanish government has ordered the inspection of mines and industrial plants because of this atrocity.

In the future, Spain's secretary of state for security will receive reports on any security problems or thefts reported at these mines.

Tapped police phone calls which were revealed to the all-party parliamentary inquiry into the bombings showed police in Asturias knew two years before the March bombings that explosives were been stolen and sold from a mine in that region.

The same people who were selling the explosives in 2001, later traded with the Islamic terrorists behind Spain's worst terrorist attack this year. 

Spain's interior ministry Jose Antonio Alonso said that there was a "priority concern" that this kind of security lapse did not happen again.

Alonso said it was essential to stop terrorists exploiting lax security to steal explosives.

As such, Alonso said the government wanted to tighten control on factories, stores, transport facilities and the use of explosives.

The Guardia Civil will carry out inspection of all mines and industrial complexes using explosives.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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