ETA claims tourist bombing campaign
9 September 2004, BILBAO - The Basque terrorist group ETA claimed responsibility for attacks carried out in northern Spain last month, it was reported Thursday.
9 September 2004
BILBAO - The Basque terrorist group ETA claimed responsibility for attacks carried out in northern Spain last month, it was reported Thursday.
The terrorist group also confirmed that a van which was found by police in February, filled with almost 1,200 pounds of explosives, belonged to it.
Radio Euskadi, a local station in the Basque Country, reported that ETA issued a statement in which it also claimed responsibility for trying to blow up trains bound for Madrid's Chamartin station last Christmas.
According to the radio report, ETA said the van with 536 kilogrammes (1,180 pounds) of explosives intercepted by security forces on Feb. 29 in the central town of Cañaveras was going to be used to attack Spanish state economic interests.
ETA admitted detonating explosives in nine coastal towns in the regions of Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia in August as part of its "campaign against Spanish economic and tourism interests."
Five people were slightly hurt in the bombings, but no-one was killed.
The separatists claimed responsibility for the failed attempt to plant and detonate explosives-laden suitcases in trains bound for Madrid last Christmas.
They also claimed they had been behind the December 2003 explosion that damaged the train tracks between Alsasua, in the northern region of Navarra, and the city of Zaragoza.
ETA, which is seeking to create an independent Basque nation in parts of northern Spain and southwestern France, has killed more than 800 people since the late 1960s.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news