Bomb damages Basque party office during Spanish election campaign

29th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

A bomb damaged an office of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party in the Basque town of Derio overnight, police said Friday.

29 February 2008

BILBAO - A bomb damaged an office of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party in the Basque town of Derio overnight, police said Friday.

The attack, which caused no injuries, was the second by the militant Basque separatist group ETA since Spanish parties began campaigning for the 9 March parliamentary elections.

An anonymous caller warned an emergency service that the bomb would explode, giving police time to evacuate the area. The caller spoke in the name of ETA.

The bomb, which weighed up to three kg, caused considerable damage to the party building, destroying the door and windows. It also damaged a nearby building.

It is not unusual for ETA to target Spanish parties opposing Basque independence.

The attack was the second by ETA since the electoral campaign began on 22 February. On 23 February, a bomb damaged a television mast near Bilbao, causing no injuries.

ETA has killed more than 820 people in its campaign for a sovereign Basque state over four decades. Its attacks have claimed four victims during the current legislature.
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