Tank convoy video provokes fears of imminent terror attack in Spain

Fiona Govan
Fiona Govan - [email protected]
Tank convoy video provokes fears of imminent terror attack in Spain
Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

A train loaded with Spanish military tanks stoked paranoia that authorities are preparing to declare martial law against an imminent terrorist attack.


The clip depicting a Renfe cargo train slowly travelling through a station loaded with around 50 armoured vehicles has been shared thousands of times on social media.

Some speculated that the army was preparing a response to imminent terrorist attacks based on secret intelligence.

"Something is about to happen and they are not telling us," was one comment, reported El Confidencial Digital.

"Something big is about to happen, the military are going to take the streets," said another.

Others dismissed the view that the tanks were a preventative measure against an imminent terror attacks and suggested the tanks might be preparing to invade Catalonia as the region embarks on an independence process.

In fact, El Confidencial Digital discovered that the footage was a hoax and that the convoy was transporting the "Castillejos II" cavalry brigade which had been mobilized for the NATO exercise held in Zaragoza earlier this month.

The footage therefore predated the Paris attacks in which 129 were killed and which have caused security measures to be reinforced across Europe.


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also