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One soldier killed in suspected ETA bombing

Latest update : 2008-09-22

A suspected ETA car bomb killed one soldier and injured another on Monday, in Spain's northern town of Santona. The attack came in the wake of two other blasts on Sunday.Two of the three cars used in Spain were stolen in France, police said.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed on Monday to go after the ETA "terrorist gang" after a car bomb attributed to the Basque separatist group killed a soldier.
   
"Spanish society will never yield. It will never submit to the dictates of the ETA terrorist gang," Zapatero said in an official declaration at government headquarters.
   
"It will hand the assassins to the full weight of the law and justice," he said, adding that "they have no other fate than to be arrested, put on trial and sentenced to huge prison terms."
   
The country's north was rocked by three car bomb attacks in the span of 24 hours, killing one soldier and injuring 10 people.
   
"Today ETA is killing again," said Zapatero, who expressed condolences to the wife of the soldier, Luis Conde de la Cruz.
   
Another soldier was injured when a car bomb exploded outside a military school in the autonomous Cantabria region, which is adjacent to the Basque Country.
   
Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and Defence Minister Carme Chacon traveled to the town of Santona to visit the victim's widow and speak with the other soldier who was injured.
   
De la Cruz is the fifth person killed in attacks suspected to be the work of ETA since the organisation ended a "permanent ceasefire" in June 2007.
   
Monday's car bomb attack follows two suspected ETA car bomb attacks the previous day in the Basque Country.
   
Ten people were injured after suspected Basque separatists threw petrol bombs at a police station in the town of Ondarroa to lure officers outside before detonating a car bomb.
   
That attack came only hours after a car bomb exploded in the regional capital of Vitoria, causing no injuries as an anonymous warning gave police time to clear the area.
   
Each bomb used around 100 kilos (220 pounds) of explosives.
   
If confirmed to be the work of ETA, the latest blast would take the number of killings attributed to the group to 824 people since it launched its campaign of violence 40 years ago.
   
Designated a "terrorist organisation" by the European Union, the group has carried out a series of bombings, mostly in the northeastern Basque region, since talks with the government collapsed in 2007.
   
Its last victim was a policeman who was killed when a car bomb exploded in front of his barracks in the Basque Country on May 14.
 

Date created : 2008-09-22

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