'Accidental' blast at Spanish police school kills one

29th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A police officer was killed and six others slightly injured in an "accidental" explosion at a school for bomb disposal experts in central Spain on Tuesday, police said.

The blast occurred at an underground warehouse for explosives where the police carry out bomb defusal training exercises, a spokesman for the Civil Guard police force said.

He said the officer killed was the only person in the warehouse when the blast occurred at around 9:15am (0715 GMT) as a result of a "handling error".

The explosion also caused the collapse of part of the warehouse at the school of the Civil Guard police force in Valdemoro, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Madrid.

Police "totally ruled out" any suggestion that the blast was the result of an attack.

Police and military barracks in Spain have in the past been targeted by the armed Basque separatist group ETA.

© 2010 AFP

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