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Funeral held for Spanish police officer killed by bomb

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Funeral held for Spanish police officer killed by bomb


The funeral of a Spanish police officer killed in a suspected ETA attack has taken place in the Basque capital Vitoria. Prince Felipe, his wife and senior members of the government were among the dignitaries who attended the service for the 41-year-old father-of-one.

He was killed and four officers were injured – one seriously – when a car bomb went off outside their police barracks in the Basque country on Wednesday, without warning. In towns across the country five-minute silences were held.

There were 29 people asleep in the barracks at the time of the attack, including five children. No one has admitted carrying it out but police say it bore all the hallmarks of Basque separatists ETA and have released photographs of two suspects. It has emerged that the van used by the bombers had been stolen in France in April.

ETA has killed more than 820 people in its fight for an independent Basque country in the past 40 years, even though polls show most people do not want to cut ties with Spain.

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