Car bomb in Spain outside Police Barracks, Dozens injured
Early Wednesday morning a powerful car bomb exploded in front of a police barracks in Burgos, Spain. The attack was blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA.
There were around 120 people in the barracks and surrounding buildings, a third of whom were children. The Basque Terrorist Group ETA did not call in a warning and therefore the building could not be evacuated.
The barracks houses police officers and their families. 46 people have been slightly injured. 38 of the injured were treated in local hospitals. Many of the injured were Civil Guard police officers and their families.
Members of Spain's paramilitary Civil Guard often live in barracks with their families.
Most of the injuries were from flying glass, and 38 of the wounded were treated in hospitals, the Interior Ministry said. Officials expressed surprise that no one was killed in the blast, which blew off the facade of the building.
The bomb exploded about 4 a.m. local time and left a large crater that filled with water. The car used for the explosion had been displaced about 70 meters.
Some background on Basque Nationalism
BURGOS, Spain -- A powerful car bomb exploded early Wednesday outside a barracks housing police officers and their families in this northern Spanish city, slightly injuring 46 people and causing major damage in the area. The attack was blamed on Basque separatist group ETA.
Most of the injuries from the blast were from flying glass, and 38 of the wounded were treated in hospitals, regional ministry representative Miguel Alejo said. Many of the injured were Civil Guard police officers and family members.
The ETA has killed more than 825 people since it launched its campaign in 1968.
Despite a major crackdown by Spanish police, ETA is still an effective force. Spain's government claims after each crackdown that ETA has been decapitated.
Burgos is a regional capitol with many tourist attractions.
ETA has killed more than 825 people since it launched a campaign in 1968 for an independent homeland in Basque region of northern Spain.
Burgos, a regional capital, contains a historic city center and major tourist attractions in a province bordering the Basque region.
It was ETA's eighth attack this year, further proof the militant group is still an active force despite major police crackdowns in Spain and France. Spain's government claims after each ETA arrest, including those of many leaders, that the group has been decapitated, but the attacks have continued.
Members of Spain's paramilitary Civil Guard police force often live in barracks with their spouses and children. The force is chiefly in charge of policing rural areas and guarding official buildings.