BARCELONA, Spain — A bomb hidden on the stairs of an office building by Catalonian separatists blew out the doors of the American Consulate in Barcelona on Wednesday, injuring eight people, officials and news reports said.
Police in Barcelona and Madrid first speculated that the bomb was set by an Arab terrorist group, but a caller to the regional Diario de Barcelona claimed responsibility for the blast on behalf of the separatist group Terra Lliure.
The caller told the newspaper that the bombing is part of a campaign by the group, whose name means Free Land in the Catalan language, to gain independence for the four northern provinces of Catalonia. The group has staged a string of bomb attacks in Barcelona, the region's capital, since it surfaced in 1980.
The bomb was hidden on the stairs outside the U.S. Consulate offices on the third floor of the office building in downtown Barcelona, 400 miles northeast of Madrid, police and city hall spokesmen said.