Friday, July 31, 2009

Operation Cage

Roads, ports and the airport were closed temporarily in response to the bomb attack yesterday in Palma Nova, Mallorca.

Two police officers, aged 28 and 27, were killed by the bomb, which had been attached to the bottom of their car. The device went off near a police station in the Palma Nova beach resort, southwest of the island’s capital, Palma. Several other people were injured. Police later found and defused a second bomb.

The attack came a day after a car bomb at a police barracks in the northern Spanish city of Burgos injured more than 60 people.Both attacks were blamed on Eta.

The group was founded in 1959 and some experts in Spain feared that it would use its 50th anniversary to demonstrate its continuing ability to attack. The Spanish Government has repeatedly said that Eta is at its weakest in its history, but has warned that the organisation is still capable of killing. The terrorist group has been responsible for the deaths of more than 850 people.

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