Police deny mistakesover terror operation
7 April 2004, MADRID – Police denied Wednesday that mistakes were made during the operation to detain the terrorist gang who blew themselves up at the weekend.
7 April 2004
MADRID – Police denied Wednesday that mistakes were made during the operation to detain the terrorist gang who blew themselves up at the weekend.
The head of police told the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser that the elite Special Operations Group (GEO) handled the operation by balancing risks in accordance with professional rules.
He said officers carried out the operation with "bravery, professionalism and technically by the rules" of the GEO unit.
The radio station reported earlier Wednesday that some GEO officers believed the decision to try to break into the flat where the terrorists were surrounded was "hasty and high risk".
It reported that the deputy general of police, Pedro Díaz Pintado, had ordered the operation despite the misgivings of some GEO officers.
The station used the distorted voice of one of the GEO officers to support its claims.
One GEO officer, Francisco Javier Torronteras, was killed and three others seriously injured when the terrorist gang blew themselves up as elite GEO officers tried to break into the flat by using a small explosive charge.
A huge police operation was mounted to surround the flat in Leganes, near Madrid, where the Islamic terrorists behind the 11 March bombings were staying.
But the head of police said he had not given any "hasty or unjustified" order and defended the position taken by Pintado, who led the GEO group during the operation.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news