Policeman hurt in tenth ETA bomb attack in 2006

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28 February 2006, BILBAO — A police officer was slightly wounded when a bomb believed to have been planted by the Basque terrorist group ETA went off in a courthouse in the northern Spanish town of Munguia.

28 February 2006

BILBAO — A police officer was slightly wounded when a bomb believed to have been planted by the Basque terrorist group ETA went off in a courthouse in the northern Spanish town of Munguia.

The officer was taken to a hospital here in Bilbao, and treated for minor injuries.

The blast occurred at 11 p.m. on Monday night at a municipal court in Munguia when several patrols of the Basque regional police force approached the site after a local resident had reported a suspicious package sitting in a window.

The explosion caused much material damage in the area, which was cordoned off by authorities.

Although no group has taken responsibility for the attack, officials with the regional police blamed ETA.

The militant separatist group, which has killed 817 people since 1968 in its violent campaign to carve an independent Basque state out of portions of northern Spain and southwestern France, has intensified its bomb-placing activities recently with attacks on businesses and government buildings in the Basque region.

No one has been killed in any of the blasts, as it has become the usual practice of the group to phone in the location of the bombs before they are detonated, often after business hours at deserted sites.

ETA has gone for almost three years without carrying out any lethal attacks, a circumstance that has raised hopes in Spain about the possible opening of a peace process with the group in accord with which it would end its terrorism.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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