ETA sets off two road bombs as 'general strike' begins
9 March 2006, BILBAO — ETA has set off two bombs on main roads through the Basque Country and Navarre as part of a 'general strike' in protest at the death of two prisoners in jail.
9 March 2006
BILBAO — ETA has set off two bombs on main roads through the Basque Country and Navarre as part of a 'general strike' in protest at the death of two prisoners in jail.
The first blast, on the A-8 near the town of Ontón, failed to cause injuries.
In the second blast on the N-111 in Navarre no one was hurt either.
The terrorist organisation earlier claimed it had planted four bombs on roads in the Basque Country, Burgos, Navarre and Zaragoza.
An anonymous caller contacted the road authorities in the Basque Country, claiming four bombs had been planted on the A-8 between Bilbao and Santander, the AP-1 between Vitoria and Burgos, the N-111 between Pamplona and Logroño and the A-68 between Pamplona and Zaragoza.
In Burgos, police found a suspicious package which did not contain explosives.
Traffic was initially disrupted but resumed an hour later.
Elsewhere, traffic jams have built up as police searched for other bombs.
ETA sympathisers also set up barricades on a number of roads in the Basque Country, letting off fire bombs.
The protests were centred on Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria.
The move is in response to the death of convicted ETA terrorists, Igor Angulo and Roberto Sainz, who died in jail last week.
ETA blames the Spanish government for their deaths.
Madrid has a policy of imprisoning ETA terrorists a long way from the Basque Country.
But the Basque separatist group says this is extra punishment as it makes it harder for their families to visit them.
It is the first 'general strike' by ETA sympathisers for four years.
On Wednesday, ETA set off a bomb at the headquarters of the right-wing Falange party in Santona, near Santander. One person suffered minor injuries.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news