Row over ETA car bomb disclosure after ceasefire
29 August 2006, MADRID — A row developed on Tuesday over the disclosure ETA blew up a car with a limpet mine three months after its ceasefire.
29 August 2006
MADRID — A row developed on Tuesday over the disclosure ETA blew up a car with a limpet mine three months after its ceasefire.
Authorities admitted the Basque separatist organisation carried out the explosion in the southwest of France in June.
But they said it was a training exercise, no more.
The disclosure has brought an angry retort from the Association of the Victims of Terrorism, which said José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero should explain why this was not disclosed earlier.
Francisco José Alcaraz, AVT president, said he was "alarmed" that the government tried to hide this fact, two months after ETA had declared a "permanent ceasefire" and had apparently stopped all terrorist activities.
Spanish authorities said the French police had informed their counterparts in Madrid on 30 June about the explosion, which was discovered in Noailles, northwest of Bordeaux.
Joan Mesquida, director general of the Guardia Civil, said there was no attempt to hide the explosion.
He said the security services have not reduced their fight against terrorism.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news