Thursday, April 17, 2008
A powerful bomb preceded by a warning call exploded in the Basque city of Bilbao, in northern Spain, injuring seven police officers. Basque separatist group ETA was blamed.
The blast occurred outside an office of the ruling Spanish Socialist Party, and happened after a telephone warning. The building was seriously damaged.
The warning call came a half hour before the explosion, but a police patrol in the area had already spotted a suspicious package near the building. The officers were cordoning off the area when the bomb blasted. Seven were treated for minor injuries.
The bomb blast comes a day after Spain's parliament opened a new session. Five weeks ago, the Socialist Party was also directly attacked when ETA killed a town councilman in the northern Basque town of Mondragon.
== Sources ==
"ETA blamed for Bilbao bomb blast" — CNN, April 17, 2008
"Seven police hurt in Spanish bomb" — BBC News Online, April 17, 2008
"7 police injured in bomb blast in northern Spain" — Fox News Channel, April 17, 2008
"Un attentat de l'ETA blesse des policiers à Bilbao" — Le Monde, April 17, 2008 (French)
"Estalla una bomba de ETA en la sede socialista en el barrio bilbaíno de La Peña" — El País, April 17, 2008 (Spanish)
"ETAk PSE-EEren Bilboko egoitza batean bonba lehertarazi du gaur goizean" — Berria, April 17, 2008 (Basque)