go to top

Fifty Years of Basque Terrorism

Monday, Aug. 3, 2009

The Spanish government has accused the Basque terrorist group ETA of responsibility for back-to-back bombings last week that killed two people and injured more than 50 others. The bloody attacks came as ETA -- short for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or Basque Fatherland and Freedom -- marked the 50th anniversary of its founding. Analysts say ETA, which has been considerably weakened in recent years by aggressive counterterrorist police sweeps in Spain and France, hopes the bombings will not only boost sinking morale among its followers, but also force the Spanish government back to the negotiating table.

The latest attack, which killed two Guardia Civil police officers on Thursday, occurred on the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca. Security forces say ETA operatives booby-trapped the victims' police car outside their barracks with a remote-controlled bomb. Police later deactivated another bomb placed beneath a second car near the site of the first explosion. Authorities briefly closed all ports and airports on the island in an effort to prevent the bombers from escaping. ...

Want to Read the Rest?
Login or Subscribe Today.
Quarterly
$ 25 for 3 months
  • Two-week FREE trial access.
  • Cancel during trial and pay nothing.
  • Just $25 quarterly after trial.
Try It FREE
Annual
$ 75 for 1 year
  • Two-week FREE trial access.
  • Cancel during trial and pay nothing.
  • Just $75 annually after trial.
Try It FREE