Crowds turned out at the Town Hall of the Spanish city of Burgos to show their support for the paramilitary police force who were the targets of a massive car-bomb. It exploded in the early hours of Wednesday morning outside a Guardia Civil barracks – where officers and their families live.
The authorities blamed the Basque separatist group ETA
, who have been waging a 40 year campaign of terror for an independent homeland in northern Spain and southern France.
Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said: “All citizens have to know that the government and all political and democratic forces are firmly committed to eradicating this sore which affects the country,” he said adding that the perpetrators should have no doubt that they will soon end up in prison.
It was an enormous blast. An estimated 200 kilos of explosive stripped away most of the outer wall of the block showering those sleeping inside with glass and rubble. 64 people were injured, among them several children. Incredibly, no one was seriously wounded.
Car-bombs are a favourite weapon of ETA
, but there has been shock that in this attack, families were targeted. The group is blamed for more than 800 deaths during its campaign of violence. Police have made several arrests in recent months.