Expert tells trial of device which failed to explode
19 March 2007, MADRID – A bomb squad officer told on Monday how he deactivated one of the devices which failed to go off during the Madrid train bombings.
19 March 2007
MADRID – A bomb squad officer told on Monday how he deactivated one of the devices which failed to go off during the Madrid train bombings.
The officer, who was only identified by his number 64,501, said he deactivated the bomb the day after the attacks when it was discovered in a rucksack stored at a police station.
He said the bomb, which was supposed to go off at the El Pozo train station, failed to blow up because the device short-circuited.
Another officer said the cables had not been properly connected which stopped a mobile phone from acting as a timer and setting off the bomb.
The expert said: “It was straightforward but ingenious. It was of a type we had not seen before with ETA.”
Police became suspicious about a sports bag found at the scene of the attacks.
It was taken to the station at Vallecas in Madrid and the bomb squad were called.
The expert said the bag contained a mobile phone and various cables.
He said inside was a gelatinous material which smelt of bitter almonds, which was dynamite.
So as not to mean local people would have to leave their homes, they took the device to the nearby Parque Azorín, where it was deactivated.
The deactivated bomb provided vital clues, claim the prosecution, which led police to a gang of Islamic radicals which plotted to blow up trains in Madrid in March 2004.
Twenty-nine people are on trial accused of playing various roles in the attacks which killed 191 people and left more than 1,800 dead.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news