Five hurt as ETA attacks Madrid with car bomb

25th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2005, MADRID — A car bomb, thought to have been planted by ETA, injuring five in the Spanish capital Madrid, national radio reports.

25 May 2005

MADRID — A car bomb, thought to have been planted by ETA, injuring five in the Spanish capital Madrid, national radio reports.

Five local workers were very slightly injured, according to emergency services.

They have been taken to hospital for precautionary treatment.

Another thirty-five people required treatment at the scene of the blasts in the San Blas area of the city.

Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who only last week won controversial parliamentary backing for a plan to open talks with ETA if the group agrees to disband, condemned the blast.

 "I reject this violent act of terrorism. I reiterate — the objective of the government is to combat terrorism and put an end to it," Zapatero said.

"ETA's only future is to lay down its arms and dissolve itself," the Socialist premier added.

National radio said the bomb had exploded in a car which had been stolen last night, according to police sources.

ETA has not yet claimed the attack, but Spanish national radio said it was thought to be the work of the Basque separatist organisation.

A telephone warning was made just before the attack to the Basque newspaper Gara, which is the usual way which ETA operates.

Police managed to evacuate the area where the bomb went off in the centre of the city.

ETA's terrorist campaign has claimed 850 lives since ETA began in 1968.

But they have not killed anyone for over two years and have suffered a series of damaging arrests.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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