The holiday island of Majorca was temporarily sealed off from the outside world today as police hunted bombers who killed two Civil Guards.
The plain clothes officers died when a car exploded outside their barracks. No-one has yet admitted planting the device, but local authorities immediately blamed the Basque terror group ETA. Police later found a second device in the same location. The target, in Palmanova, is close to the palace where the Spanish royal family was to start their summer break this weekend. King Juan Carlos’s two daughters were already on the island. As the hunt for the killers began, Majorca was effectively closed down. The airport is the third biggest in Spain, with thousands of tourists flying in and out at this time of year. Flights were diverted elsewhere, before the airport was allowed to reopen. A spokesman for the government in Madrid described ETA as “a bunch of crazy murderers.”