ETA hails 'new opportunities' before latest bomb
27 September 2005, ZARAGOZA — ETA set off a bomb at an abandoned electricity power station hours after issuing a statement heralding "new opportunities" for the Basque Country.
27 September 2005
ZARAGOZA — ETA set off a bomb at an abandoned electricity power station hours after issuing a statement heralding "new opportunities" for the Basque Country.
The bomb went off at the station in Anon del Moncayo, near Zaragoza in eastern Spain just after 8am on Tuesday.
It caused only small damage and no-one was injured.
Just before, two anonymous calls, thought to be from the terrorist organisation, were made to the highway services warning of an impending bomb attack.
The Guardia Civil and the TEDAX bomb squad were at the scene went the bomb went off.
The station is about five kilometres from town centre and is owned by the council.
It may have been seen as a warning shot to prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero who was due to attend a meeting in Zaragoza on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the early hours of Tuesday, ETA issued a statement through the Basque newspaper Gara in which it said there were "new opportunities" which could bring a "democratic situation which would recognise the rights of the Basque Country".
But the statement added that it was still essential to "carry on pushing" through "tenacious struggle and popular pressure".
And in no part of the statement did ETA mention it would give up the armed struggle.
The statement comes amid widespread expectation that ETA will declare a truce.
ETA has killed more than 830 people in an over 35 years of terrorist attacks to try to secure more independence for the Basque Country.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news