May 16, 2001 |
A letter bomb exploded Tuesday in the face of a journalist who has denounced separatist bloodshed, the first outburst of violence since regional elections two days earlier produced a victory for a moderate Basque nationalist party. Gorka Landaburu, a reporter for the Spanish magazine Cambio 16 and several national TV stations, sustained serious injuries to his face, hand and abdomen, but his life was not in danger, hospital officials said.
May 7, 2001 |
A politician from the ruling Popular Party was shot to death in an attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA. Manuel Gimenez Abad, 52, head of the party in the northern region of Aragon, was struck in the head as he walked with his son to a soccer match in the city of Zaragoza, a government spokesman said. No group claimed responsibility, but police blamed the ETA.
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.