Bomb damages offices of Basque ruling party

24th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Another bomb exploded outside the offices of the Basque Nationalist Party in regional capital of Vitoria.

MADRID – A small home-made bomb exploded overnight outside the offices of the ruling party in Spain's northern Basque Country, just days before regional elections, police said Tuesday.

The device caused no casualties and little damage to the offices of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) in the regional capital of Vitoria, a Basque police spokesman said.

He blamed the attack on radical Basque youths linked to the armed separatist group ETA.

Acts of urban violence, often involving Molotov cocktails, are a regular occurrence in the Basque Country and neighbouring Navarra region.

Spain's Supreme Court has barred two pro-independence parties from participating, accusing them of having links to ETA and its political arm Batasuna.

The latest attack came ahead of Sunday's regional elections in Basque Country, in which polls show the moderate PNV could lose its nearly 30-year hold on power in the region to the Basque Socialist Party.

Early Monday, a bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the Basque Socialist Party in the town of Lazkao after a warning call from ETA, causing extensive damage but no injures.

AFP / Expatica

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