Majorca island closes borders after deadly blast

30th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Airport and seaports on the Spanish island are closed so the terrorists responsible for killing two civil guards with their bomb will not escape.

Madrid – Police have closed all airport and seaports on Spain's Majorca island on Thursday to prevent the "terrorists" responsible for a bombing which killed two civil guards from escaping, the government said.

"This means that departures from the port, airport and marinas in Majorca are closed for departures," the representative of Spain's central government said in a statement, adding the measure was being taken to "prevent the terrorists from fleeing".

Two civil guard officers were killed Thursday when their booby-trapped car exploded near a barracks. Several people were also injured in the powerful explosion in the tourist area of the town of Calvia, which occurred at around 2:00 pm (1400 GMT), said a spokeswoman for the regional government of the Balearic islands.

"Two civil guard officers who were in an official vehicle were killed in an explosion," a spokeswoman for the civil guards told AFP.

Spanish media said the bombing bore the hallmarks of the armed Basque separatist group ETA which has traditionally targeted civil guards.

"We saw a big explosion, a column of smoke in front of the civil guard barracks," a man named Paco who witnessed the attack told public radio RNE.

The area where the blast occurred is near the Balearic islands capital Palma de Majorca, a magnet for tourists.

The Spanish government blamed ETA for setting off a powerful car bomb outside a police barracks in the northern city of Burgos in the early hours of Wednesday which injured over 60 people, including several women and children, and blew off most of the 14-storey building's facade.

ETA will on Friday mark the 50th anniversary of its founding by nationalist students inspired by Marxist-Leninist teachings, at a time when Spain was still run by right-wing dictator Francisco Franco.

It is blamed for the deaths of over 820 people as part of its campaign for an independent Basque homeland encompassing parts of northern Spain and southwest France.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo said on Sunday that security forces were on the alert after receiving information from France that ETA planned to bring three vans packed with explosives into Spain.

In June, Spanish public television said a new "road map" of strategic plans by ETA reaffirmed its commitment to violence to achieve its aims.

"The terrorists believe that Basque independence is their irreversible goal. Only then will ETA no longer kill," TVE said, quoting a document that it said outlined the group's strategy put together over the past three years.

The last fatal attack blamed on ETA was on 19 June, when a policeman was killed in a car-bomb blast near the Basque city of Bilbao.

AFP / Expatica

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