MADRID, Spain (CNN) — The body of a Spanish police officer who was killed in a raid on suspected Islamic terrorists was removed from its tomb Sunday night, dragged across a cemetery, doused with gasoline and burned, a Spanish police official told CNN.
Police do not know who committed the crime, and an investigation is under way.
Francisco Javier Torronteras, a special operations police officer, died April 3 during a police raid in a Madrid suburb where police believed suspects behind the March 11 Madrid train bombings were hiding.
The suspected terrorists set off a bomb during the raid and seven of them died, of whom four have been identified.
Police said the suspected ringleaders of the train bombings were among those killed.
Torronteras was not buried underground, but in an above-ground tomb at Madrid’s Southern Cemetery.
Assailants Sunday night used a long pole to pry the tomb open, dragged the body about 200 meters, covered it with gasoline and set it on fire.
The cemetery’s night watchman spotted the fire and alerted authorities, a police official said.
Spain’s new interior minister Jose Antonio Alonso, at a previously scheduled event Monday, did not discuss what had happened to Torronteras’ body.
But he called the slain officer an example of the bravery exhibited by all the Spanish officers who have died in the line of duty.
But he said: “I want to express my heartfelt recognition for the police special operations officer who died in the line of duty in the well-known operation on Saturday the 3rd in Leganes.
“In a way, he is the symbol of so many police officers and civil guards who have died earlier in the line of duty.”