A minute’s silence has been held in Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country after yesterday’s ETA car bomb attack at Madrid’s main airport. The blast left two men missing presumed dead, and 19 slightly injured. The Spanish government has now suspended planned dialogue with the armed Basque separatist group.
A ceremony was also held by officials at Barajas airport, where the search continues for the two men from Ecuador believed to be buried under the rubble. Several hundred people have taken part in an anti-ETA protest in Madrid, with calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
Supporters of the conservative opposition and ETA victims groups were among those protesting. “Zapatero, ETA’s puppet,” chanted some. If the deaths at Barajas airport are confirmed, it will be the first time in three years that an ETA attack has claimed a life. Authorities had received a telephone warning that several hundred kilograms of explosives were left inside a van in the airport’s parking building.