Madrid metro evacuated after ‘gunshots’ are heard and cops swarm underground station

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TERRIFIED commuters took cover on a packed tube after hearing gunshots they thought was the onset of a terror attack.

Passengers were pictured crouching on the floor of the stationary train, close to El Carmen Tube Station yesterday afternoon.

 Frightened passengers were captured ducking for cover on the Spanish tube yesterday

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Frightened passengers were captured ducking for cover on the Spanish tube yesterday
 Commuters initially thought the gun shots were the onset of a terror attack

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Commuters initially thought the gun shots were the onset of a terror attack

The underground tube was evacuated as it approached the station on Madrid’s Line 5, near Las Ventas bullring.

Cops confirmed the incident was not a terror attack, but said they had arrested two men.

Sources have linked the incident to a brawl between two drunk South Americans on the same tube.

One of the men reportedly fired a pistol.

Frightened local David Rivas reported the incident on Twitter.

He said: “We are trapped in the Carmen tube stop. The driver says shots have been fired.

 Commuters are pictured fleeing the tube, close to Las Ventas bullring

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Commuters are pictured fleeing the tube, close to Las Ventas bullring
 Almost instantly, heavy armed police were deployed to the scene amid initial fears it was terror-related

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Almost instantly, heavy armed police were deployed to the scene amid initial fears it was terror-related
 Cops scrambled to the suspended train at around 2.30pm

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Cops scrambled to the suspended train at around 2.30pm

“Can anyone tell us what is going on? Police are in the tunnel.”

He later added: “The train is starting up again. We’re reaching Carmen tube stop and are being ordered off the train.

“Leaving now. Witnesses say there’s been a shot fired in the last carriage.”

 Cops arrest a man outside the metro station

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Cops arrest a man outside the metro station
 This image shared on social media captures the gun officials believe may have been used in the incident

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This image shared on social media captures the gun officials believe may have been used in the incident
 Armed police patrolled the Madrid metro station as commuters fled for their lives

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Armed police patrolled the Madrid metro station as commuters fled for their lives

Reportan usuarios del Metro de Madrid posible tiroteo en L5,entre El Carmen y Ventas.Desalojan vagones e interrumpen servicio en 2 líneas

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— Siempre 88.9 FM (@Siempre889) September 28, 2017

Services in the area were halted on line 5 as well as on line 2, between the stations of La Elipa and Banco de España near the scene of the drama.

A spokesman for Metro de Madrid, which runs the tube service confirmed around 2.30pm: “Tubes suspended on parts of Lines 2 and 5 due to circumstances beyond our control.”

Services were back to normal around 3.15pm local time.

Spain is on high terror alert following last month’s terror attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

 After passengers scurried out of the station, services resumed an hour later

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After passengers scurried out of the station, services resumed an hour later

Moroccan-born Younes Abouqaaqoub killed 14 people including British-born Julian Cadman, seven.

He injured more than 100 others after driving his van along Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17.


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