A nail bomb was discovered today next to the confessional in Almudena Cathedral, Madrid. The device was defused by police, and did not explode.
Below is a brief report on the incident from Expatica:
Police Defuse Bomb in Madrid Cathedral
Spanish police on Thursday defused a nail bomb found next to a confessional in the Almudena Cathedral in the historic heart of Madrid, officials said.
A priest found the bomb in a bin bag and evacuated the cathedral, a tourist attraction next to the city’s old royal palace, a spokesman for the archbishopric of Madrid told AFP.
A bomb disposal team came and defused the device, “composed of a detonator, 200 grammes (seven ounces) of gunpowder, a metal gas canister-type container full of nails, and an alarm clock,” a police spokesman added.
Many thanks to our Spanish correspondent Hermes for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for subtitling this news video from Spanish TV:
|00:01||The canon found the bomb at noon, here next to the confessional.|
|00:07||‘We saw a suspicious package; the janitor thought it was a garbage bag and took it away,|
|00:13||but it was strange so we called the police.’ It was heavy: 1200g of gunpowder, 1kg of screws,|
|00:19||a camping gas cylinder and an alarm clock. ‘It must have been placed beside this confessional|
|00:25||between noon and 1 pm, because the priest found the bag with explosives only after coming out of it.|
|00:31||Immediately after a warning was raised, the cathedral was evacuated, and the police proceeded to|
|00:37||disable the device. ‘Yes, people went out; there were a lot of tourists, a huge group of visitors,|
|00:43||but we warned through the loudspeaker that the cathedral would be closed.’ ‘We were inside, and|
|00:49||suddenly the police came in saying there was an explosive device, and the cathedral had to be evacuated.’|
|00:55||The cathedral was cordoned off and closed for four hours, so tourists and the faithful had to turn back,|
|01:01||hardly believing what had happened. ‘An explosive device? Really? It seems unbelievable.’|
|01:07||Experts said it was not a very powerful device, and would have not done much damage, but|
|01:13||the happy ending was like a miracle for the priest. ‘Yes, the Virgin of Almudena did a lot of them for Madrid.’|
|01:19||Investigations are under way. Whoever was responsible may have been mentally disturbed or an anarchist|
|01:25||group. The last seems more plausible, given that one month ago a device which was inside a|
|01:31||package addressed to a member of the Legionnaires of Christ exploded at a post office.|
Hat tip for the article: Steen.