Bombs explode in Basque Country

Bombs explode in Basque Country

Three small bombs have exploded in the Basque city of San Sebastian and a nearby town after a warning call claiming to be from Eta, the Basque separatist group.

The caller warned of the two bombs in San Sebastian but not of another device which exploded shortly afterwards in the town of Arrigorriaga, south of Bilbao.

The two bombs in San Sebastian went off outside a Basque justice and employment department building.

The other blast took place near a labour ministry building in Arrigorriaga.

Nobody was injured in the explosions which took place on Thursday's Workers' Day, a national holiday in Spain.

Speaking to state radio, Alberto Ruiz, Arrigorriaga's mayor, said: "The damage looks quite spectacular, there were some vehicles inside the building complex and the door has been blown off. But I don't think the damage is worth a lot."

The explosions came one day after judge Baltasar Garzon denied Inocencia Galparsoro, the mayoress of the Basque town of Mondragon, bail and sent her to prison, pending trial, for supporting the aims of ETA.

The separatist group's last fatal attack was believed to be on March 7 when, two days before a general election, a former councillor from Spain's governing Socialist party was shot dead in Mondragon.

Eta has killed more than 800 people in four decades of armed struggle for independence for the Basque Country from Spain.
I see that ETA is at is again. One thing I'll say for them, they don't give up. And I wonder what was meant by the Mayoress being sent to prison
'for supporting the aims of ETA.' That is, what exactly did she do to show such support, or is merely saying you do enough to get you in trouble in Spain?

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