A car bomb exploded Friday outside a police station in the Basque city of Durango, slightly injuring two officers in what appeared to be the first attack by the separatist group ETA since it called off a cease-fire in June, officials said.
Whoever set off the bomb in Durango, about 25 miles south of Bilbao, fled in a car and then detonated it in a vacant lot in the nearby town of Amorebieta, the Spanish Interior Ministry office in the Basque regional capital Vitoria said. That explosion wasn’t considered to be an attack, but only a means to destroy evidence. No one was hurt and no damage was reported in the second blast.
The injured officers in Durango suffered cuts from flying glass.
The blast caused serious damage to the police station in Durango, shattering windows and damaging police cars parked outside, the ministry office said.
“All indications point to ETA,” an official at the office said on condition of anonymity because of department rules barring publication of her name.
The official said she did not know if there was a warning call prior to the attack. ETA usually makes such calls.
ETA called the cease-fire in March 2006, but grew frustrated with a lack of government concessions in ensuing peace talks, and set off a huge bomb in a parking area at Madrid’s airport on Dec. 30, killing two people. It insisted then that the truce was still in effect, but finally declared it formally over in June, and Spanish security forces have been on alert ever since.
ETA has killed more than 800 people since 1968 in its campaign for an independent Basque state.