Basque Separatists Bomb University in Spain

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ETA, a Basque terrorist group that has been fighting for the separation of their territory from Spain, planted a car bomb yesterday at University of Navarre in Pamplona. Although no one was killed, at least 17 people were injured in the attack. Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told reporters that the government had recieved a phone call warning of the attack and claiming responsibility for ETA but no indication was given as to where the bomb would be located.

Officials were expecting the bomb to explode in Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country and were rushing to the campus in that city when the attack occured in Pamplona. "The result is that we could have had a terrible tragedy in the University of Navarre," Rubalcaba said at a news conference. Thankfully, serious injuries were avoided.

ETA has been active in Spain for over 40 years and has killed more than 800 people. They are fighting for independence of ancient Basque territories in Spain and France, including Navarre. Authorities also attributed two additional bombings that occured over the weekend in the region to ETA.


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