ETA steps up campaign with two attacks in a day

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1 March 2006 , SAN SEBASTIAN — ETA launched its second bomb attack in under 24 hours, this time attacking a government office in the northern Spanish town Motrico.

1 March 2006

SAN SEBASTIAN — ETA launched its second bomb attack in under 24 hours, this time attacking a government office in the northern Spanish town Motrico.

Officials from the Basque regional government said the newspaper Gara, which is viewed as an ETA mouthpiece, received a call at around 8:20pm on Tuesday, saying that the explosion would take place in roughly 40 minutes.

 Police and firefighters rushed to the scene and managed to evacuate residents and cordon off the area before the device exploded on the ground floor of a building that houses an agency providing social services to fishermen in Motrico, a coastal town.

Tuesday's blast came less than 24 hours after two police officers were wounded by a bomb at a municipal courthouse in the Basque town of Munguia.

Though ETA did not claim responsibility for that attack, authorities said it was probably the work of the radical separatist group.

ETA has killed 817 people in its nearly four-decade-old campaign for an independent Basque state comprising parts of northern Spain and south-western France, but the group has not mounted any lethal attacks since 2003.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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