Tuesday, December 17, 2002
The shootout happened in the municipality of Collado Villalba, 38 km northwest of the Puerta del Sol in central Madrid. The N-VI is the only highway that has been blocked. TV3 is giving the name of the unwounded prisoner as Godson Arambure, which is probably wrong but is what I think I heard. A more precise time for the shootout is mid-afternoon, which here means at about 5. The cops apparently suspected the car these three terrorists were driving and pulled it over, and somehow the shooting started. The car, a red Ford, contained a bomb; the police bomb squad performed a controlled detonation. They were certainly going to set off the car bomb somewhere in central Madrid.