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Madrid says ETA will gain nothing from TV blast

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Madrid says ETA will gain nothing from TV blast


The Spanish government has condemned a bomb blast in Bilbao claimed by ETA, saying the Basque separatist group will gain nothing from it.

The car bomb exploded near the headquarters of the Basque television station this morning. No one was hurt as the site had been evacuated after a warning phone call. Emergency services found a suspect vehicle after closing off the area and shortly afterwards discovered the owner tied to a tree in a rural area, not far from Bilbao. The explosion was a show of force by ETA. If it had not been for the phone call, the human cost could have been catastrophic. Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said: “I repeat again, ETA can carry out these attacks but it will lose the war. The only thing that committing these attacks will achieve is to land the perpetrators in prison even more quickly.” The president of the autonomous Basque government, Juan José Ibarretxe, said: “They even dare to say that attacks against the sons of the Basque people, like this bomb at EITB, is a way of building a Basque community. What a strange way of building, killing their children. What a curious way of building, destroying the buildings.” ETA has tried to intimidate journalists in the past and to extort money from Basque businesses. Almost exactly two years it planted a bomb at Madrid airport that killed two people.

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