In the face of the blast: TV shows Atocha footage

20th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2004, MADRID - Video footage of the moment bombs exploded in a Madrid train station has been shown on Spanish television.

20 October 2004

MADRID - Video footage of the moment bombs exploded in a Madrid train station has been shown on Spanish television.

The 11 March security camera footage shows people leaving Atocha station after one device has already exploded, the BBC reported.

Smoke is already engulfing the platform when a series of bright orange blasts fill the screen and distressed survivors flee up the escalators.

The bomb attacks on Madrid commuter trains on 11 March killed 191 and injured hundreds more.

Still photographs of the footage have been shown in the Spanish press before now, but this is the first screening of the video, which is part of the police investigation into the attacks.

The video, which has no sound, shows the time as 0738 on 11 March 2004.

Following the shots of the explosions, the security cameras focus on the aftermath from different points around the station.

Emergency services crews are shown dealing with the dead and injured beside the twisted metal of the train carriages.

They are then seen running to the escalator, apparently in fear of another explosion.

Spanish television Telecinco, which showed the footage, said this turned out to be a false alarm.

The television station also aired a video of three armed masked men claiming responsibility on behalf of al-Qaeda.

This video was discovered in a litter bin near a Madrid mosque three days after the attacks - the eve of general elections in Spain.

In it, one of the masked men says: "We claim responsibility for the Madrid attacks, two and half years after the blessed conquests of New York and Washington" - a reference to the 11 September 2001 attacks.

The three men in the video are believed to have been the leaders of the cell who planned the attacks and who blew themselves up in a flat in Leganes, near Madrid, on 3 April as police surrounded the building.

An Islamic group with links to al-Qaeda is blamed for the Madrid attacks.

More than 50 people have been arrested and questioned over the last months, and about 20 remain in custody on provisional charges.

On Tuesday, Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said police had broken up a radical Islamic cell believed to be plotting to blow up the High Court in Madrid.

Seven men were arrested on Monday while another suspect was detained in the northern city of Pamplona on Tuesday.

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Picture: Telecinco

Subject: Spanish news

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