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Fears over Madrid Olympic bid after bombing

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There are fears that Madrid’s Olympic bid might have suffered after a bomb planted by ETA exploded outside the stadium that is the centrepiece of the city’s campaign to host the 2012 Games. The blast rocked a car park and caused minor damage but no injuries. It came less than two weeks before a decision on Madrid’s bid is due. However the city’s mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardon is adamant that the Olympic Committee will not be influenced by violent acts in the capital or elsewhere in Spain. La Peineta stadium is being expanded to hold 76,000 spectators and will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletic events if the city is awarded the Games. In other violence, Molotov cocktails were thrown overnight at Basque government buildings in San Sebastian and Vitoria, just hours after the region’s premier Juan Jose Ibarretxe was sworn in for a new term. The attacks have been linked to ETA sympathisers unhappy with Ibarretxe plan for a ‘free association’ with Spain which they say does not go far enough.