Osama El Amrati had come to Spain from Morocco in 2000, with the help of his Uncle Ahmed, to whom he used to give money as a token of his gratitude. The young man had great hopes of fulfilling some of his dreams in Spain. These included marrying his girlfriend, Beatriz —to whom he had become engaged in June of the previous year— and having three children. He was planning to take Beatriz to Morocco at Easter. On the night of 10 March he wrote her a message: “Habebe…you are my life”. He was killed on the train that was blown up at Atocha station.
11 March 2004 fell on a Thursday. Early that morning, a number of terrorists with links to Al-Qaeda planted thirteen bombs on four suburban trains covering routes running through Madrid. Ten of the bombs exploded between 7.37 and 7.39 am, when the trains were at Atocha, El Pozo and Santa Eugenia stations and alongside Calle Téllez. 191 people were killed in the attack and around 1,500 were wounded. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Spanish history. On 3 April 2004, agents from the Special Operations Group (GEO) were about to enter an apartment in Leganés where the perpetrators of the attacks were believed to be hiding when the terrorists detonated twenty kilograms of explosives in an act of collective suicide. The ensuing blast killed one of the officers, bringing the total number of people killed by the 11 March bombers to 192.