Friday, July 31, 2009

Spain On High Alert As ETA Marks The 50th Anniversary Of Its Founding

Tourists look at the smoke and flames coming from a car explosion in the Palmanova beach area, southwest of the island's capital, Palma de Mallorca. Photograph: AP Photo/AP

From AFP:

MADRID — Spain went on maximum alert Friday as ETA marked its 50th anniversary after two bombings this week blamed on the Basque separatist group, including an attack that killed two police officers.

The approach to the anniversary saw an upsurge in violence, with a massive car bomb exploding outside a police barracks in Burgos in northern Spain on Wednesday which lightly injured 64 people, including sleeping children.

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More News On Spain And The ETA

Spain on maximum alert for 50th anniversary of ETA
-- AP
Bombings Put Spain On Edge As Eta Turns 50 -- SKY News
Spain on high alert after bombs -- BBC
Spain to hold memorial service for slain policemen --
Eta attacks achieve no more than a propaganda victory -- Times Online
Eta 'under pressure to attack' -- BBC
Travel chaos after Mallorca car bomb kills two police officers -- The Guardian
Mallorca target of Spain's second attack in two days -- Christian Science Monitor

1 comment:

Fenian said...

The recent escalation in violence by the Basque separatist group sends a very clear and timely signal to the Spanish government of their intent and how quickly they can rejuvenate their network. Also, it represents a major propaganda coup for the separatist group in making a public mockery of the Spanish governments repeated claims that ETA is a spent entity.