Each morning, a Civil Guard convoy consisting of a coach, a minibus and an off-road vehicle took seventy officers, aged between 18 and 25, from the Traffic School on Calle Príncipe de Vergara to the motorcycle practice ground in Venta de la Rubia, on the outskirts of Madrid. On the morning of 14 June 1986, ETA terrorists planted a van containing 35 kilograms of explosives and various kilograms of shrapnel in Plaza de la República Dominicana. They detonated the explosives as the Civil Guard convoy was passing Number 7. Twelve civil guards were killed and a further 78 people (including officers and passers-by) were injured by the huge blast.
Carmelo Bella Álamo was 22 years old and was originally from Granja de Torrehermosa (Badajoz). in a report on the attack broadcast as part of the Informe Semanal television programme his mother croied “For God’s sake, they killed him! God didn’t take him; they killed him… The murderers, the swine, the criminals…!”.