No evidence of injured Irish citizens in Madrid blast, Irish government says


The Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) said there was no evidence Irish nationals were injured in an explosion in the Spanish capital Madrid today.

na statement released The EDA said: “The Federal Foreign Office has recently received reports of an explosion in a residential area in Madrid. We have no reports of Irish citizens being affected but will continue to monitor the situation.”

It comes as at least 17 people were injured, most of them slightly, in a powerful explosion that rocked a four-storey building in central Madrid this morning that was being renovated, Spanish authorities said, and rescue teams were looking for possible inside trapped people.

Four people were hospitalized, one in serious condition, Madrid Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida said, adding that the cause was not yet clear.

“Some work was being done at the building in the upscale neighborhood of Salamanca where the explosion occurred,” he said.

“Firefighters are inside to check the structure of the building and see if there could be more people inside,” he told Telemadrid TV.

Emergency services spokeswoman Gema Martin said a school across the street from the building was not damaged and there was no need to evacuate the children.

Additional coverage from Reuters. No evidence of injured Irish citizens in Madrid blast, Irish government says

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