Mafia gang behind bomb attack on Valencia port
29 September 2005, VALENCIA — A bomb went off at the offices of a state-run stevedore company in the port of Valencia.
29 September 2005
VALENCIA — A bomb went off at the offices of a state-run stevedore company in the port of Valencia.
No-one was injured in the explosion at the offices of Sevasa.
Luis Felipe Martínez, spokesman for the Valencian regional government, said it was not thought to be a terrorist attack.
He said the explosive used was not the same type which is normally used by the Basque terrorist organisation ETA.
Martínez added that the cause of the attack had not been established but it was thought to be the work of a gang of criminals who have launched a campaign of extortion against the company.
The bomb went off at 4am.
It appeared to be a homemade device.
It went off in the office of one of the bosses of the company, damaging windows and a ceiling.
The bomb also started a small fire which was quickly put out by fire fighters.
It also damaged the offices of a branch of the UGT, Spain's biggest trade union.
There has been a climate of fear at the port for a number of months after a number of lorries were set on fire.
It is believed a mafia gang is trying to extort money from the company and threatening bosses if they do not succumb to them.
Officially, the company has denied it has received threats, though it has admitted that there is a 'climate of fear' among workers after a series of incidents.
Valencia was chosen as the site for the lucrative Americas Cup sailing competition in 2007 and has become a popular destination for tourists.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news