INTRODUCTION: Guerrillas killed three Spanish soldiers and wounded the General who heads the Royal Military Household in Madrid on Thursday (7 May) in a bomb attack that sharply increased political tensions and raised fears of another coup.
SV PAN Wreckage of car, surrounded by photographers and onlookers.
SCU Driver's side of wrecked car, blooded on ground.
SV PAN Building above wrecked car and street.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Guerrillas killed three Spanish soldiers and wounded the General who heads the Royal Military Household in Madrid on Thursday (7 May) in a bomb attack that sharply increased political tensions and raised fears of another coup. Within minutes, angry crowds had formed and several hundred of them marched to the nearby military headquarters shouting for the army to take power and praising the late dictator, Francisco Franco.
SYNOPSIS: Witnesses say two men on a motorcycle pulled up alongside the car carrying Lieutenant-General Joaquin Maria Valenzuela y Alcibar-Jauregui, a close aide of King Juan Carlos and head of the Royal Military Household since 1977. The car, which was taking the General to work, slowed for a traffic light, allowing the motorcyclists to plant a plastic bag on the roof. They roared away and seconds later, the bag exploded, ripping the car's roof and showering the surrounding area with scrap metal. First reports said the General had been killed, together with his Colonel aide and driver. But the Defence Ministry later announced he had been seriously wounded and was undergoing surgery. General Valenzuela suffered abdominal and leg injuries and although his condition was described as serious, his life was not thought to be in danger.
The three dead were 35-year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Guillermo Teval Saco, a Corporal escort, and their military driver. The blast was so powerful that it virtually decapitated one victim. A dozen passers-by, were admitted to hospital. The attack happened in the wealthy Salamanca district of central Madrid, a centre of right-wing agitation. With last February's abortive military putsch still a fresh memory, politicians of many opinions condemned the bombing as another attempt to wreck Spain's five year experiment in democracy.