Witnesses tell of 'hellish' scenes

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11 March 2004, MADRID – Witnesses to the bomb attacks in Madrid Thursday told how they saw victims die in front of them as they desperately tried to help.

11 March 2004

MADRID – Witnesses to the bomb attacks in Madrid Thursday told how they saw victims die in front of them as they desperately tried to help.

A 28-year-old man called Mariano, who was travelling on the train to Atocha station in the centre of the capital, told El Pais newspaper that the carriage behind his had been thrown up in the air.

As people scrambled out, he tried to help the injured.

"I held a girl as she died in my arms," he said.

Juan Fernandez, a civil servant who was on the platform at Atocha, said: "People started to scream and run, some bumping into each other.

"I saw people with blood pouring from them, people on the ground."

Early reports said 15 others died in an explosion at the smaller Santa Eugenia station and 12 were killed at El Pozo.

Both stations are on commuter lines to Atocha.

A woman who lives near El Pozo station told Spanish national radio: "The scene I am seeing is hellish. People are running towards Atocha however they can."

Television footage at Atocha showed crowds of bloodied people in tears walking away from the station.

Those too shocked or injured to move sat on the roads and pavements outside.

It later emerged that three further devices destroyed in controlled explosions had been planted to hit the emergency services as they arrived on the scene.

Emergency numbers:  900 200 222 / 915 767 000

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

                                   Subject: Spanish news

 

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