Spain marks two years since last fatal ETA attack

30th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2005, MADRID — Spain has marked two years without any fatal terrorist attacks by the Basque separatist organisation ETA.

30 May 2005

MADRID — Spain has marked two years without any fatal terrorist attacks by the Basque separatist organisation ETA.

On 30 May 2003, two police officers, Julian Embid and Bonifacio Martin were assassinated in the town of Sanguesa in Navarre, in north-west Spain.

Since then, ETA has launched 65 bomb attacks but has failed to kill anyone.

The most important recent attack came last Wednesday, when a car bomb in Madrid injured five people slightly and caused substantial damage.

It was significant as it came just a week after Spanish prime minister had secured the backing of parliament to start dialogue with ETA if the terrorists laid down their arms.

After the dramatic rush-hour train bombings carried out by Islamic extremists in March last year, in which 191 people were killed, ETA remained inactive for four months.

Then it resumed its usual summer campaign against tourist resorts.

But a series of arrests of key figures since October last year has rendered ETA largely inactive.

The most dangerous attack came in February this year, when ETA bombed an arts centre in Madrid where King Juan Carlos was due to attend later the same afternoon.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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