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ETA Claims Responsibility for Four Explosions in Spain

ETA Thought Behind Four Beach Explosions in Northern Spain

ETA has claimed responsibility for four bombings that struck popular coastal resorts in northern Spain yesterday. The group issued warning calls before the detonations and no casualties were reported. The explosions are considered the beginning of ETA's usual Summer bombing campaign that targets vacation spots as a way to gain attention for its 40 year struggle to win an independent Basque state in northern Spain.

The first warning call came mid morning from an ETA representative claiming responsibility and warning of the location of the bombs.

Vacationers were cleared immediately from the beaches prior to the first explosion which shattered windows and walkways. A government spokesman said, "There were no injuries because the area had been cleared and cordoned off." The Spanish government says that the group is weaker after a series of arrests, but as yesterday's attacks show, they're not planning to relinquish their fight soon. ETA has been listed as a terrorist organization by Spain, the US, and the EU. They've killed 800 people in the past 40 years, usually via explosions like this.


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stephley stephley 9 years
Thanks, I do remember the supermarket now that you mention it, but not the Madrid bomb.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Ok so I googled it, and they did bomb a supermarket parking lot in 1987 killing 20 and wounding 45. Then in 2001 they set off a car bomb in Madrid, killing 100. Most of the other info I found on attacks were mostly directed at individuals...
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Stephley, I believe some of their car bomb attacks have killed many civilians, but that was in the 80s or 90s...they bombed a supermarket which killed and wounded numerous people...I'll try googling to see if I can find more about it. I just remember that off the top of my head, it was the first time I heard of this group...
stephley stephley 9 years
Isn't it unusual for them to target large crowds/vacationers? I thought usually they targeted specific victims, not crowds. Not that that would make it any better, I just wonder if they're stepping things up.
minxa25 minxa25 9 years
as a spaniard in living in UK now . I would say it usual deal except that it just to ridiculous because everyone is so sick of them :<
True-Song True-Song 9 years
"They're no Al Qaeda, but it's important to stay in the game." Terrible, but so, so funny.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
They're no Al Qaeda, but it's important to stay in the game.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
At least they gave a warning before they set off the bombs - I am so glad there weren't any casualites. I agree, Torg - that "usual Summer bombing campaign..." also made me shiver.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
"ETA's usual Summer bombing campaign..." That gave me the chills. Regularly scheduled bombings? Eek.
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