By Oisin Sweeney • 04 December 2020 • 10:11
The Madrid Metro is one of Europe's largest transport systems - Image Source: Twitter
MADRID commuters have been assured by police that a viral audio message warning of a Metro attack on December 3rd was a hoax.
An audio file that spread across social media caused some of Madrid’s commuters to panic when it warned of a terror attack on the Metro’s Line 6 on Thursday the 3rd of December. The message also said that police had arrested members of a terrorist cell based in the capital, which the State Security Forces categorically deny.
They described the audio clip as a ‘cyclical message that has been circulating regularly for months’, changing the date of the supposed ‘attack’ to stir up panic among Madrid’s millions of commuters. Police urged the public not to spread ‘unconfirmed rumours about security’ as ‘they only contribute to generating fear’.
Since June 2016 Spain has been on a Level 4 ‘high’ risk anti-terror alert, though police say there is no reason to expect imminent attacks and that additional security is not currently needed. The Madrid metro is one of Europe’s most sophisticated public transport systems, carrying over 650 million journeys a year between 302 stations across 13 lines.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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