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Car bomb targets Spain university


Flames outside the university building

A car bomb has exploded in a university car park in Pamplona, northern Spain.

There were no reports of deaths in the blast, which happened at 1110 (1010 GMT), but at least 15 people were injured and some cars were set ablaze.

The University of Navarra is near the Basque Country, where Eta separatists are continuing a violent campaign for independence from Spain.

Local officials said they had received a vague telephone warning, purportedly from Eta, before the blast.

"Eta has once again displayed its vileness," said Jose Antonio Alonso, spokesman for the governing Socialist party.

It followed the arrest on Tuesday of four suspected Eta members - three of them in Pamplona. Guns and a large quantity of explosives were also seized in the raids.

Spain map

The bomb exploded in a car park at the university, setting cars on fire and blowing out the windows of nearby buildings.

"Suddenly the whole building shook and there was a huge column of smoke. It was tremendous, a huge explosion," Aparicio Caicedo, a 29-year-old Ecuadoran studying at the university, told the Associated Press news agency.

"There were other small explosions after the fire set off the fuel tanks in the parked cars nearby," said Bernardino Leon, a University of Navarra professor.

The blast prompted an evacuation of the Roman Catholic university.

It was the sixth time it had been targeted in such an attack, AFP news agency reported.

The Navarra region is separate from the Basque Country, but nationalists argue that it should also form part of an independent Basque homeland.

Eta's four-decade separatist campaign to set up a state straddling northern Spain and south-western France has led to more than 800 deaths.

The group resumed its campaign of violence in December 2006, following the failure of secret dialogue with Spain's Socialist government.

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