March 31, 2001 |
The armed Basque separatist group ETA warned travelers to stay away from Spain and claimed responsibility for five recent killings. ETA, an acronym for Basque Homeland and Freedom, took responsibility for the killings of two police officers and a town councilor this month and two electrical workers in February. The group is believed to have killed more than 800 people since it began fighting for independence in 1968.
December 21, 2000 |
A Spanish policeman who approached two men pushing a car in downtown Barcelona was shot to death by one of them in the latest attack blamed on armed Basque separatists. The car was later found to hold explosives. The shooting raised to 23 the number of killings that the armed separatist group ETA--short for Basque Homeland and Freedom movement--has taken credit or been blamed for this year. The officer, Juan Miguel Gervilla Valladolid, 38, was shot in the head and chest, police said.
December 15, 2000 |
A plumber who served as a city councilor was killed by a bomb that blew up under the seat of his van. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar blamed the separatist group ETA, short for Basque Homeland and Freedom. Francisco Cano, 45, was a councilor of the ruling center-right Popular Party in Viladecavalls, a town of 5,000 in the Catalonia region of northeastern Spain.
November 20, 2000 |
The Basque separatist group ETA has claimed responsibility for killing 10 people since the end of July and lashed out at politicians and journalists, accusing them of hampering independence efforts. In a statement published by two pro-independence Basque newspapers, the ETA also said it was behind 17 bombing and shooting attacks during the nearly four-month period.
August 21, 2000 |
A bomb ripped apart a Spanish Civil Guard car, killing the two officers inside in an attack blamed on Basque separatists, the latest in a wave of deadly assaults. The bomb, stuck to the vehicle with a magnet, went off just after 6 a.m. in the northeastern town of Sallent de Gallego. A female agent died instantly, while the second agent, a man, died later in a hospital, police said.
July 31, 2000 |
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar vowed Sunday not to give in to the Basque separatist group ETA after its latest killing in an escalating campaign for independence. Aznar called on all of Spain "not to take a step back, not one centimeter back," in the battle against the ETA after a former Basque provincial governor was slain Saturday. "They are not going to see us blink," Aznar said.