Bombs over the weekend, and last night another, this time deadly device, indicate Basque terrorists ETA are stepping up their campaign of violence.
A soldier died and another person was injured in the early hours in Santona on Monday when a car bomb exploded near a military college in the seaside town. A telephone call warning of the device was made shortly before it exploded.
Santona is in Cantabria, part of the cultural Basque country, but its president wants nothing to do with the culture of violence:
“We have to get rid of their politicians, who everyone knows…these parallel organisations of ETA that are currently being outlawed…but while this happens the party that should be most opposed to terrorism questions the legality of banning them. It’s the Basque people who suffer the consequences of this situation,” said
Miguel Angel Revilla.
This morning’s death comes after a failed attack in Ondarroa on Sunday worried the security services. A car bomb was detonated near a regional police barracks, but without ETA’s normal telephone warning and using different methods seemingly intended to claim as many lives as possible. A dozen were injured in the blast.
Around three quarters of an hour’s warning was given for an earlier device that exploded near a bank in Vitoria, the Basque capital.