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Born in: Aragón
Offspring: 0
Marital status: Married
Job: Mechanic in the Abril engine factory
Date of the attack: 13/09/1974
Place of the attack: Madrid
Weapon: Otros explosivos
Killed by: ETA

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On the morning of 13 September 1974, ETA terrorists planted a bomb in the toilets of the Rolando café. The establishment, situated at No. 4, Calle Correo, was just a few metres from the General Directorate of Security, which at the time was on the Puerta del Sol. At around 2.30 pm, the café was shaken by a tremendous explosion. The device was made up of thirty kilograms of explosives and packed with steel nuts, about two centimetres in diameter, to act as shrapnel. The ceiling collapsed and dozens of people were trapped under the rubble. Nine people died on the day of the attack and another four perished subsequently as a result of their injuries. Amongst them were Antonio Alonso Palacín and his wife, María Jesús Arcos Tirado, who had got married just six days before. Around sixty people were wounded, some undergoing major amputations. The Rolando Café bombing was the first indiscriminate attack on civilians by ETA. Those responsible were never brought to justice.

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