Car park reopens at Madrid airport

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20 September 2007 , MADRID - A car park at Madrid's international airport destroyed in December by a bomb planted by the Basque armed separatist group ETA, killing two men, reopened on Thursday.

20 September 2007

MADRID - A car park at Madrid's international airport destroyed in December by a bomb planted by the Basque armed separatist group ETA, killing two men, reopened on Thursday.

Speaking at a ceremony the public works minister, Magdalena Alvarez, said the two spaces where the bodies of the two men were found after the blast at Terminal 4 would permanently remain empty in their honour.

The two men, both immigrants from Ecuador, were sleeping in their cars when the bomb went off in a stolen van on the morning of December 30.

The bombing was the first by ETA since it declared a "permanent ceasefire" in March 2006 and it led Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to call off a peace process with the group.

ETA, which has killed 819 people in four decades of armed struggle to achieve independence for the Basque region of Spain, formally ended its ceasefire in June.

Spanish construction group Dragados rebuilt the five-storey car park at a cost of EUR 24.5 million while another EUR 3 million replaced other items destroyed by the blast, according to the public works ministry.

(Copyright AFP with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish news

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