Spain says no Andalusian ETA cell despite blast

30th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spain’s police say the Basque terrorist group does not have a permanent Andalusian cell despite a bomb exploding in Costa Sol beach resort on Tuesday.

30 July 2008

MADRID - Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba on Tuesday said police have found no evidence to suggest ETA has a permanent Andalusian cell, despite the Basque terrorist group's detonation of a small bomb in a Costa del Sol beach resort.

The device exploded shortly on Tuesday early morning on the beach of Torremolinos, making a one-metre wide hole in the sand and shaking the windows of nearby buildings.

Though a seafront promenade was packed with holidaymakers and locals at the time, no one was injured in the blast and authorities said damage was minimal.

Hours later, a rucksack containing a pistol and detonators was found nearby.

Since 1979, the Costa del Sol has been targeted by ETA, with varying degrees of intensity, as part of summer terror campaigns aimed at damaging Spain's lucrative tourism industry.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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