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Thousands Rally Over Officer's Death

October 23, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands of people rallied in the Basque capital of Vitoria to protest the killing there of a Spanish prison officer, the 16th slaying blamed on the armed separatist group ETA this year. The bomb, attached to the victim's car, exploded at 7:45 a.m., killing Maximo Casado Carrera, 44, an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said. Politicians immediately blamed ETA, a group that has admitted killing nearly 800 people, including five prison officers, in its 32-year campaign for a Basque state that would encompass parts of northern Spain and southwestern France. Casado leaves a wife and two children.

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