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Spanish police step up hunt after triple bomb blast

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Forensic scientists are continuing their investigation into a triple bombing on the Spanish island of Majorca. There had been telephoned warnings a couple of hours before the first blast claiming to be from the Basque terrorist group ETA giving emergency services time to evacuate the area.

It was the second time in ten days that terrorists targeted the popular holiday island, at the height of the season. “There was no panic. At that moment, we had gone into a neighbouring restaurant. We saw that the people who worked there were well and no-one had been injured,” said one witness. These latest attacks came on the day ETA admitted detonating several bombs over the past few months. “We are working on the hypothesis that the bombers are still on the island and have no left due to the re-enforced police checks at ports and airports. These event indicate they are still here,” said Ramon Socias from Balearic Islands Council. The previous blast in Majorca at the end of July killed two Guardia Civil officers, and in June, a police inspector was killed in Bilbao. ETA has killed around 800 people in its fight for an independent Basque homeland over the past four decades. But despite the spate of attacks, the Spanish government believes ETA has been weakened by several arrests recently.