Spanish police are hunting a woman thought to belong to an Eta terrorist cell operating on the Spanish island of Majorca. Three small bombs went off in the island’s capital Palma on Sunday. The devices had been planted in ladies’ toilets.
It was the second attack on the resort island at the height of the tourist season. Two Civil Guards were killed when a bomb went off under their patrol car on July 30.
Several witnesses claim to have spotted Itziar Moreno, a known member of Eta, the Basque separatist group, near the police barracks when the attack took place.
Majorca is a popular tourist destination especially for Britons and Germans. Local residents had a message of defiance for the bombers. “I came to this bar, quite close to one where a bomb went off, because I think it’s the best way to say to these people that they’ve achieved nothing,” said one man.
Spanish nationals in Majorca are determined to set an example for tourists to follow. One young mother woman insisted she would not be deterred by the bombings. “I come here with the boy on many days during the week. there is no problem and I feel very calm,” she said.
But in a Duesseldorf travel agency at least one German holidaymaker was looking for an alternative destination. “Now we would like to go anywhere,” she said. “But definitely not to Majorca. We are a bit afraid.”
Humphrey Carter, the editor of the island’s English language newspaper, The Majorca Daily Bulletin, claimed British tourists are unfazed by the attacks. He said: “It’s business as usual.”