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Bombs brought unprecedented terror to Spain

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Bombs brought unprecedented terror to Spain


The horrifying images of the bomb attacks are unlikely to fade for the victims even if the verdicts did bring some closure. In total 10 devices exploded on four packed commuter trains. They had been stuffed into sports bags and back packs and were triggered by mobile phones.

The blasts occurred within minutes of each other, just after 7.30, as the morning rush hour gathered pace. The effect was devastating. In addition to the almost 200 fatalities around 1,800 people were injured. The city was thrown into chaos, the emergency services overwhelmed.

Eviggio Corral Torres coordinated ambulance crews on that day: “It was really hard to walk past the injured but I was organising. I went to Atocha station to evaluate the situation. Some asked for help with their eyes, the only way they could.”

Atocha station became a shrine to the victims. Angeles Pedraza lost her daughter in the bombings: “She’d been married for two years, she and her husband had just bought a house and they were going to celebrate that in London that day. They wanted to travel then because they wanted a baby soon,” she said. The judicial process may have run its course but for the survivors and victims’ relatives the healing will take many more years.

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