800 meters on Netflix: Release date and what the documentary is about

In 2017, 16 people were killed in two terrorist attacks on the afternoon of August 17. A new Netflix documentary called 800 Meters (yes, we know we Brits would spell it ‘meters’) will shed light on the sinister intrigues on Spanish soil.

The main attack was carried out by a 22-year-old called Younes Abouyaaqoub, who drove a van into pedestrians on La Rambla, also known as Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous busy street. He then fled for days before the police caught up with him and shot him dead.

The second attack took place in Cambrils, a resort town just down the Catalan coast from Barcelona. Again, it was a vehicle hit by pedestrians.

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Directed by Elias Leon, the series will include interviews with journalist Nacho Carretero. The “incisive” doc will unravel the chain of events that led to the terrorist attacks, while exploring the aftermath and covering the impact on the community. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Spanish Netflix special.

What is the release date of 800 meters on Netflix?

The Netflix documentary series will be released on Friday, March 25, 2022.

A poster for 800 meters, the Netflix documentary

What is the documentary about?

The Spanish documentary follows a police investigation into two terrorist attacks that took place in Spain in 2017. The series delves into the preparations of the perpetrators.

The night before the Barcelona bombing, an explosion took place in a house in the Spanish town of Alcanar which destroyed the building and killed two members of the terrorist cell. Among the dead was a 40-year-old imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, a Moroccan suspected of being the ringleader of the attack.

Investigators found the house contained more than 120 gas canisters inside which police believe the cell was attempting to turn into a large bomb (or three smaller bombs to be placed in three vans they had rented) but that ‘they accidentally detonated.

Hours after the Barcelona bombing, five men suspected of being members of the same terror cell rammed into pedestrians in the nearby town of Cambrils, killing one woman and injuring six others. These five assailants were killed by the police.

But the story of how the attacks unfolded – and how the police apprehended the culprits – is much more complex and gripping. 800 meters will be worth a watch.

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