ETA claims five attacks but fails to mention truce
20 September 2005, BILABO — The Basque terrorist organisation ETA has claimed five abomb ttacks committed in the summer but failed to mention any peace talks with Madrid.
20 September 2005
BILABO — The Basque terrorist organisation ETA has claimed five abomb ttacks committed in the summer but failed to mention any peace talks with Madrid.
In a statement, made through the Basque newspapers Gara and Berria, the separatist group detailed the attacks in June and July.
But it failed to mention any talks with the Spanish government despite widespread expectation that ETA will announce a truce.
A report last week indicated both sides had been conducting talks through intermediaries.
Reacting to the statement, Spanish interior minister José Antonio Alonso said he would not make any judgement about the tactics employed by ETA until they had ended their armed struggle.
He did say the terrorist group has been progressively debilitated in recent years by a series of key arrests.
Alonso said he hoped this was the moment when peace might be reached.
ETA admitted planting four small bombs at a power station in Boroa in the Basque Country on 12 July.
The bombs caused little damage and no injuries.
ETA said it was carried out to support the local people in this Basque town as the power station is owned by Vizcaya Energia, which represents one of the biggest 'foreign' companies to invest in the Basque Country.
It also claimed attacks at one of the stadiums which was designated for Madrid's 2012 Olympics bid, just days before the International Olympic Committee were to make their decision over which country would be granted the Games.
Three smaller attacks at companies in the Basque region were aimed at companies who refused to pay extortion money to the terrorists and at major road routes as much of Spain left for its summer holidays.
The bomb attacks caused huge delays but no injuries.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news