Holiday makers in Spain face the threat of more bomb attacks in the wake of Sunday's (July 29th) explosions at Madrid airport and two main railway stations.
Holiday makers in Spain face the threat of more bomb attacks in the wake of Sunday's (July 29th) explosions at Madrid airport and two main railway stations. The bombs -- planted by members of Spain's Basque Separatist movement -- killed five people and injured nearly a hundred others. The Basques have warned there'll be more attacks unless their demands are met.
SYNOPSIS: The bombs went off at about one o'clock in the afternoon as the airport and main railway stations were crowded with holiday-makers. A telephone warning was delivered to a local news agency ... but police said there wasn't enough time to do anything.
The explosives had been planted in suitcases and left in storage lockers The bomb at Barajas Airport was the first to go off -- killing one person instantly and injuring many others. The domestic terminal was extensively damaged in the blast. Eyewitnesses said the explosion threw the airport into chaos as screaming tourists and workers ran for cover. Ambulances took more than an hour to ferry the injured to hospital.
The second bomb went off at Chamartin railway station to the north, a few minutes after the airport blast. The explosion was centred in an automatic luggage locker. Again one person was killed and many injured. Then the scene was repeated at Atocha railway station in Central Madrid, where two people were killed. A few hours later the death toll from the three blasts rose to five when an injured man died in hospital.
Of the five dead one was an East German woman, the other four were Spanish. The bombings were the worst since last May, when an explosion in a Madrid cafe killed eight people. The Basque Separatists say the bombings will continue until their imprisoned members are transferred to low-security jails.