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Car bomb explodes in Spanish town

A car bomb has exploded in the northern Basque seaside town of Getxo causing considerable damage to buildings, but no casualties, Spanish officials say.

They say it came about an hour after an anonymous call to the police - in the name of the Basque separatist group Eta - had warned about a blast.

Police sealed off the area around a suspicious van before the vehicle exploded just before midnight.

Last week, a civil guard was killed in a car bombing blamed on Eta.

A van blew up outside police barracks near the Basque town of Vitoria, Another four officers were hurt.

Eta has killed more than 820 people in its 40-year campaign for independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and south-western France.

The group announced a ceasefire in March 2006 but formally ended it last June.


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