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Terrorist attack on Mallorca: Spain blocks planes, ferries from leaving island

 
 
Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2009 08:33 am
The armed Basque separatist group Eta is suspected to have carried out its second bomb attack in two days, killing two police officers in Calvia, on the island of Mallorca.

The explosion, early this afternoon, reportedly hit a police car on patrol in a street about 400 metres from the town's tourist-packed beaches.

Spanish media reported that an unknown number of people had also been injured in the blast near the Civil Guard's Palmanova barracks, which is close to several hotels.

It was unclear whether the bomb had been attached to the underside of the car or had been planted in the street.

The blast happened as Spaniards were reflecting on the lucky escape of dozens of Civil Guard members and their families, including children, after a 200kg-bomb ripped through a 14-storey barracks building in Burgos, northern Spain, yesterday.

That attack caused injuries to 65 people, including five children, but none of them were seriously hurt.

Today's terrorist attack happened just some 100 meters away from the Marivent Palace (the King's summer residence) in Palma de Mallorca; the Spanish royals were due to arrive there this weekend.


A couple of minutes ago, the prefect ordered to block planes and ships from leaving island of Mallorca while they hunt bombing suspects

(As a side note: thus, some thousands of holiday makers are forced to stay there.)
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panzade
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2009 09:12 am
@Walter Hinteler,
In your view walter, why is the ETA suddenly flexing its muscle after a relatively low-profile period?
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2009 09:16 am
@panzade,
I've read quite bit now - these last two attacks are on one side typical (how and where the attacks were done), on the other side there wasn't any of the until now usual warnings.

I think, we see here the same what happened in the UK with some splinter groups of IRA, too: a radicalisation.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2009 09:32 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

A couple of minutes ago, the prefect ordered to block planes and ships from leaving island of Mallorca while they hunt bombing suspects

(As a side note: thus, some thousands of holiday makers are forced to stay there.)


According to latest news, the airport might open at 2:00h local time again.

No landings as well, passengers at German airports on flight to Mallarco had to leave the planes - traffic jam in the European air.
660 planes with 86,000 passengers were normally handled today at Palma de Mallorca airport.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2009 09:44 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Forgot to mention that Zapatero's government called off talks with ETA in late 2006, after the group broke a ceasefire with an attack at Madrid's Barajas airport that killed two people.
panzade
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2009 10:24 am
@Walter Hinteler,
aha..he played hardball and now they are
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 30 Jul, 2009 10:46 am
@panzade,
Might be, might perhaps well be so.

The airport opened again, was 'only' closed for less than two hours.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2009 08:47 am
Two more bomb attacks by ETA (confirmed, as well the last attacks) this afternoon, one in a restaurant (warning by phone before), the other on the beach (not more details as of now).

Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 9 Aug, 2009 10:06 am
@Walter Hinteler,
From agencies: The first of Sunday's bombings occurred at a restaurant on the outskirts of Palma de Majorca, along the road leading from the city centre to the island's airport and near a recreational harbour.
The explosive was hidden in a backpack in one of the restaurant's bathrooms.
The second explosion came about two hours later, in another restaurant only about 500 metres from the first.
According to state broadcaster RNE, police operations were under way in a city centre hotel to find a reported third bomb that had been promised by ETA when it warned of the second bomb.
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