Madrid bomber’s widow tells of his last seconds

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8 March 2007, MADRID - The widow of one of the Madrid bombers told on Thursday of her husband’s last call before he blew himself with six other terrorists.

8 March 2007

MADRID - The widow of one of the Madrid bombers told on Thursday of her husband’s last call before he blew himself with six other terrorists.

In an interview with the Spanish daily El Pais, ‘Rosa’ told how Jamal Ahmidan, known as The Chinese, called her from a flat where he was surrounded by police.

The group of Islamic radicals said to have planted the train bombs were staying in a flat near Madrid when they were surrounded weeks after the train bombings in the Spanish capital.

They blew themselves up rather than be taken alive, killing a police officer in the process.

Rosa told the paper: “He told me it was better to die, that he was not going to give himself up.”

“I heard a lot of praying and chanting. He didn’t speak much with me. When he spoke to his mother the place blew up.”

In the first interview given since the bombings in March 2004, Rosa  - who is not linked to the attacks – claimed the leader of the group was Serhane, known as The Tunisian.

She said her husband was an ‘operative’ but added: “I am sure that he didn’t want to dirty his hands and left others to plant the bombs”.

Rosa is a protected witness for the prosecution in the trial of 29 people who are accused of being involved in the attacks which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800.

She said she received a call from her husband hours after the attacks.

“He told me he was going to France. I asked him ‘ How are you going to disappear like this? Anyone could think that it is you’,” she said.

“He answered ‘How?’ He remained silent then put down the phone.”

The trial continues.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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