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NEWS: ETA Sets Off 7 Bombs Across Spain; at Least 5 Hurt

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posted on Dec, 6 2004 @ 01:57 PM
Seven bombs exploded across Spain today coming on the heels of a previous attack last Friday. The Basque separatist group ETA claimed responsibility. There are reports of numerous injuries, but no deaths have been reported. The blasts occurred on Constitution Day, a day Spain celebrates unity. The terrorists called police prior to the blasts to allow them to evacuate civilians.
MADRID (Reuters) - The Basque separatist group ETA set off bombs in seven cities across Spain Monday, slightly wounding five people and escalating their renewed fight for independence on the day Spaniards celebrate unity.

The outlawed guerrilla group called in warnings minutes before the simultaneous blasts on Constitution Day to allow police to clear cafes and public squares.

It marked the second wave of attacks in three days, showing ETA was still capable of high-profile attacks despite more than 100 arrests this year including the capture of the group's leader in France two months ago.

Analysts interpret the weak potency of the bombs and the warning calls as ETA's message that it is still standing and wants to negotiate, although talks have been rejected by Spain's mainstream parties as a capitulation to terrorists.

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Gentleman terrorists? Perhaps calling it in scares people instead of making them angry. It seems a better tactic to me. ETA has been on the radar far longer than Al Queada or Bin Laden. One really has to wonder why there has never been a concerted crackdown on them. I admit, I have only a cursory knowledge of the issues involved, but why have their activities been tolerated for so long?

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posted on Dec, 6 2004 @ 02:14 PM

These are some pic from the disaster..

Former Eta member Teo Uriarte, who now leads a peace association in the Basque region, said Eta wanted to "sow fear".He added.. "It wants to draw attention, but cannot afford to kill people. That's why they set off bombs the size of a bar of chocolate," he told the Associated Press.
Eta, in its fight for Basque independence in the north of Spain,it opposes that constitution and police had warned of possible attacks.They do on may occasions call the Gara newspaper ahead of attacks, as it appears to have done on Friday and Monday - preventing serious injuries both times.

[edit on 6-12-2004 by Horus_Re]


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