Just days after Spain banned a referendum on the future of the Basque Country, the terrorist group ETA is being blamed for two overnight bombs.
Police said one attack revealed a worrying new strategy. A booby-trapped car was left outside a police station in Ondarroa, and petrol bombs hurled at the building. It is thought they were intended to bring officers outside, where they would be hit by the full force of the following explosion.
“The bombers hurled the petrol bombs as they ran off, hoping to bring the police onto the street as the car exploded,” said Javier Balza, the Basque Region Interior Minister. “I am telling you this because the world should know the criminal intention of the terrorists.”