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The World : Spain's Security Criticized

July 16, 1986

Separatist Basque guerrillas claimed responsibility for the killing of nine Spanish civil guards in the third such car-bomb attack in a year in Madrid, and newspaper editorials called for a shake-up in the leadership of security forces. The incident points to a "a political failure that demands resignations," rightist opposition leader Manuel Fraga told reporters. The bomb ripped apart a bus carrying 58 members of the paramilitary civil guards, wounding 45 of the guards and 11 passers-by. The claim of responsibility was made in the northern city of San Sebastian by the guerrillas, who seek an independent Basque state.

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