Hooded group burns bus in Basque Country

21st June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Six hooded people set a bus ablaze in the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian Saturday after ordering the passengers out of the vehicle, the regional interior ministry said

Madrid - Six hooded people set a bus ablaze in the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian Saturday after ordering the passengers out of the vehicle, the regional interior ministry said.

Nine other nearby vehicles were damaged in the fire that took place at 1:45 am, a ministry spokesman said. No arrests were made.

The Basque Country is regularly the scene of urban violence blamed on young radical separatists who are considered support groups of the armed pro-independence group ETA.

Firebombs are often the weapon of choice in these attacks while the targets usually include symbols of the Spanish state, political offices or banks.

The bus attack came hours after a 49-year-old police inspector was killed Friday when his car exploded in the town of Arrigorriaga. Officials blamed the bomb blast on ETA.

Patxi Lopez, the head of the regional Basque government, called for a mass protest to be held Saturday in the Basque city of Bilbao against the killing.

ETA, considered a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States, is blamed for the deaths of 825 people in its 40-year campaign to carve a Basque homeland out of northern Spain and southwestern France.

AFP / Expatica

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