[IWAR] SPAIN Basque attack

From: Michael Wilson (MWILSON/0005514706at_private)
Date: Fri Dec 05 1997 - 10:21:51 PST

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                         Basques blamed for new attacks in Spain
          Copyright ) 1997 Nando.net
          Copyright ) 1997 Reuters
       SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (December 5, 1997 09:41 a.m. EST
       http://www.nando.net) - A politician's bodyguard was shot in the head
       and a car bomb exploded in the Spanish resort city of San Sebastian on
       Friday in attacks authorities blamed on the Basque guerrilla group ETA.
       The Basque country violence erupted on the morning 23 leaders of Herri
       Batasuna, ETA's political wing, were due to be arrested to begin serving
       seven-year prison sentences imposed Monday for collaborating with the
       separatist guerrillas.
       Police said the shooting victim, Jose Maria Lobato, a 28-year-old
       bodyguard for a San Sebastian city official of Spain's ruling Popular
       Party, was in serious condition after being shot once in the head.
       He was still conscious when rushed by ambulance to a local hospital,
       officials said.
       Only minutes after the shooting, a car exploded in the same section of
       the city, capital of the province of Guipuzcoa, the most fiercely
       nationalistic of Spain's three Basque provinces.
       Police believe the gunmen who shot Lobato may have deliberately blown up
       the car they fled in to destroy any evidence. No injuries were reported
       in the explosion.
       Authorities think the attacks were the work of ETA (Basque Homeland and
       Freedom), which has killed more 800 people in a 29-year campaign for an
       independent Basque state.
       The shooting came in the tense lead-up to the scheduled detention of the
       Herri Batasuna leaders, who had refused to report voluntarily to prison
       to start their sentences.
       Government officials had voiced fears that the jailing of the radical
       politicians could provoke retaliation by the guerrillas.

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