Thousands of tourists had to be evacuated to safety on Spain’s Costa del Sol after bomb warnings reportedly made in the name of ETA.
Two small devices later exploded in separate locations near the resort of Malaga, causing neither injuries nor material damage.
“We are not scared. It is just a bomb threat, nothing more,” said one woman, as she fled. “We can’t get to our cars and we are going to the other side of the beach.”
Asked if she heard a bomb explode, she said: “I don’t know anything. We were in the water. We heard that we had to leave. I can’t tell you anymore.”
Traffic chaos followed as police closed Spain’s main coastal motorway, accessing Malaga Airport, in the hunt for a third device.
The explosions, in Benalmadena and on Guadalmar beach, came at the height of the tourist season.
“It was very loud,” said another woman. “We heard it from a distance. We tried to take a look but the police would not let us get any nearer.”
Last month, the armed Basque separatist group ETA exploded a series of small bombs at popular resorts, marking the start of its usual summer bombing campaign to disrupt one of the most important sectors of the Spanish economy.