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Second Basque car bomb in a week

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Second Basque car bomb in a week


A car bomb has exploded in the town of Getxo, in the Basque region of Spain, causing no injuries but damaging nearby buildings. Officials said an hour before the explosion, a man, claiming to be from the separatist group ETA, called in a warning to the authorities.
The bomb – in the form of a booby-trapped van -went off just before 1 a.m. local time. Police were searching the area for other explosive devices.

The blast comes a few days after another van detonated outside a police barracks in the Basque village of Legutiano.

A 41-year-old police officer was killed and four other people – civil guards and police – were injured. In that case there was no warning phone call.

The Spanish Interior Minister said 29 people were inside the barracks at the time, including five children. No one has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, but police said it bore the hallmarks of ETA.

The group has killed more than 820 people in its 40-year campaign for a Basque homeland.

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