Business as usual despite ETA bombing
10 February 2005, MADRID - Workers returned to their desks in the business district which was hit by a car bomb planted by ETA.
10 February 2005
MADRID - Workers returned to their desks in the business district which was hit by a car bomb planted by ETA.
Despite scores of shattered windows and the rubble lying around, many staff at the companies in the area of Madrid where the bomb went off decided it was 'business as usual'.
Forty-three people were slightly injured in the bomb attack claimed by armed Basque separatists who targeted a conference centre northeast of Madrid.
An anonymous caller claiming to represent the Basque separatist group ETA alerted the Basque newspaper Gara 30 minutes before the blast, which occurred at 9.35am, police said.
King Juan Carlos had been due to open the ARCO contemporary art fair at the conference centre later in the presence of Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Police said at least 20-30 kilogrammes of explosive were used in the bomb.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero condemned the blast, saying "there is no place in society for terrorists."
"The future of the Basque country will be built despite them and against them," he added.
ETA has been blamed for the deaths of more than 800 people in its more than three-decade campaign for an independent Basque homeland straddling the Pyrenees between France and Spain.
This latest attack will scupper hopes of a truce, which were raised recently when ETA appeared to support moves for talks between its banned political wing Batasuna and Madrid.
The organisation's last attack was on 30 January, when a blast in a hotel on Spain's Costa Blanca left one person slightly injured.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news