Ana Isabel Gil Pérez showed everyone she could a 3-D scan of her future child, Samuel. Despite having previously suffered a miscarriage, she was seven months pregnant. She and her husband were looking forward with excitement to the baby’s arrival. On the morning of 11 March, 2004, Ana Isabel did not want her husband to drive her from Torrejón de Ardoz, where they lived, to Madrid, and she took the train instead. “I’ll see you at five o’clock”, she said as she left. She died as a result of the bombs that went off 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 blast killed one of the officers, bringing the total number of people killed by the 11 March killers to 192.