Ambrosio Rogado was 56 years old and had two children, aged 25 and 20. Originally from Salamanca, he had been working for the insurance company RGA for fourteen years. Each morning he took the train at Coslada to go to work. He was a passionate Real Madrid fan and his wife says she can be almost sure that he would have been reading the sports newspaper Marca on his way to the office that morning.
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 blast killed one of the officers, bringing the total number of people killed by the 11 March killers to 192.