Eight injured in car bomb blast in Spain

March 22nd, 2008 - 12:35 am ICT by admin  

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Madrid, March 21 (DPA) Eight people were injured in a car bomb explosion in the northern Spanish town of Calahorra Friday, the Spanish state broadcaster RNE reported. The report said the bomb exploded next to a police barracks and nearby residential homes, some 250 km northeast of the capital Madrid.

Ahead of the blast a caller identifying himself as a member of the underground Basque separatist organization ETA had provided a warning.

Panic struck the area after the explosion, with police sealing off the area around the site, amid fears that a second bomb may have been planted.

According to the regional government of the La Rioja, Calahorra escaped a “massacre” only by the quick action by the police to evacuate the area. A traditional Good Friday procession had taken place shortly before the attack, and many people had been in the area of the blast.

ETA attacked the same police barracks 25 years ago. No one was killed in that attack.

ETA is fighting for an independent Basque state. Over 800 people have been killed by ETA attacks since 1968.
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