Friday, 19 December 2014

Bankrupt businessman arrested after attempting to blow up PP Headquarters

A bankrupt businessman has been arrested after crashing a car, loaded with two cylinders of butane gas, into the national headquarters of the Popular Party in calle Genova, Madrid on Friday.  The man was arrested at 7.00 a.m. today.

The man was also carrying two bags, currently being analyzed by police specialists.  He told police that he had "lost everything" and that in the car there were "15 kilograms of ammonal and a timer scheduled to explode within 45 minutes."  (Ammonal is an explosive made up of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder).

However, after an initial analysis was performed on the substance found hidden in the car, it was revealed that it is combustible, but not explosive, according to police.

Police sources say that the unnamed man could be suffering from mental problems. "Everything seems to indicate this is a personal action and has nothing to do with a terrorist action," said National Police spokesman Antonio Nevado in statements to RNE. 

Various security protocols are still in place.  According to an El Mundo reader who lives close to the scene of the incident, calle Genova is "empty" and is blocked off by police at each end, at the Plaza de Colón and Alonso Martínez  but there is something that apparently looks like a robot near the crashed vehicle. "I heard a noise in the early hours of the morning and then a tumult of people," he told the newspaper.

The police have activated the so-called 'Circular 50' protocol for attacks using explosive devices. Agents have cordoned off the building perimeter for security, and public and private traffic has been halted in the area.

As a precaution the subway service on line 4, between the San Bernardo and Goya stations, has been halted. In addition, there will be no stops in Alonso Martínez station, lines 5 and 10. 

Police have urged workers for the PP headquarters to stay away from the building until they have completed their analysis on the crashed vehicle.

Photo: Twitter post: Estrellan un vehículo contra la sede del PP en Madrid que podría tener explosivos
— Santiago Romero Ruiz (@atlante83) December 19, 2014

Translation of Tweet:
They crashed a vehicle against the headquarters of the PP in Madrid that could contain explosives


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