ETA threatens more attacks on tourists
11 February 2005, BILBAO - The Basque terrorist organisation ETA, which detonated a car-bomb in Madrid this week that injured dozens, has sent a letter to several embassies warning that foreign tourists who visit Spain might be harmed by the separatists' attacks.
11 February 2005
BILBAO - The Basque terrorist organisation ETA, which detonated a car-bomb in Madrid this week that injured dozens, has sent a letter to several embassies warning that foreign tourists who visit Spain might be harmed by the separatists' attacks.
The diplomatic missions of the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy and New Zealand confirmed to EFE receipt of the letters.
ETA, which seeks an independent Basque nation comprising parts of northern Spain and southern France, says in the letter that "it cannot guarantee the security of the citizens of your country who visit Spain."
The Spanish daily La Razon, in a story on Friday about the letter, says the document vows that ETA will continue to attack tourist infrastructure, and that its campaign will not be limited to the summer high season.
Areas of Spain visited by foreign tourists, especially the Mediterranean coast, have suffered dozens of ETA attacks since 1979, including car bombings.
Those attacks have killed six people, injured scores and caused extensive damage.
On Wednesday, Basque terrorists detonated a powerful car bomb outside a Madrid convention centre only hours before Spain's king and queen were to appear there.
Authorities said 43 people were injured, mostly by flying glass.
None of the wounds was life-threatening.
ETA, which has killed more than 830 people since 1968, had given prior warning that the bomb had been placed and would go off, allowing authorities to partially clear the area.
The attack came a week after Spain's national legislature overwhelmingly rejected a plan for sovereignty proposed by the Basque regional government.
That regional administration is led by moderates who adamantly reject ETA's use of violence for political ends.
Wednesday's blast came several hours after police operations that produced the arrest of 15 people in several provinces for their alleged links to ETA.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news