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After Majorca bomb: Your stories

A Spanish Civil Guard officer near the scene of the blast
Security has been stepped up on Majorca since the bombing

Police across Spain are on a state of high alert after two bombings in as many days, blamed on the Basque separatist group Eta.

Two Civil Guard officers were killed when a car bomb exploded in Palmanova, Majorca on Thursday. A blast on Wednesday tore the front off a police barracks in the northern city of Burgos and wounded more than 50 people.

Here, residents and holidaymakers on the island of Majorca describe the mood now among locals and tourists.


Rene Shades

There is a very strange mood here just a day after the bomb blast.

I own a shop just 300 metres from the site of the blast and things are very quiet now - in contrast to Thursday when there was a lot of commotion around here.

Police have still got the area surrounding the bomb site sealed off, as well as other key areas in the vicinity.

People can't really come to terms with what has happened.

It's hard to believe how a terrorist attack can happen this close to you, without any warning.

Security checks are still high, and security stops have been set up all over the island, so there are severe delays in getting around.

I'm in a band also and this is our busiest time of the year, we play every night all over the island, and last night it took much longer to get across the island.

People are very worried, not just about their safety and the safety of their families, but they are worried about the tourism trade, which is so important to this island and to people's livelihoods.

It's a very worrying time, but life goes on on our lovely island.


The mood here is very much one of shock.

It's the first time ever that a terrorist attack has been launched against the Balearic Islands, which are normally considered to be a safe haven.

The mood among business people on the island was already down, given the reduced number of tourists and the reduced spending due to the recession and the currency slump.

It is certainly not good news for the island.

The people of Majorca, Catalonia and the rest of Spain will, however, be totally united against Eta.

We will also back our Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in his fight to bring them down.


I just returned from Majorca this morning, after spending a lovely week there with my family.

We were staying in nearby Magaluf when the bomb went off and could hear the huge explosion and see the plume of smoke.

Sophie Benson
The police presence is huge in the area and security was extra tight at Palma airport this morning
Sophie Benson

There was a lot of chaos and confusion, the Guardia Civil police helicopter kept circling the area and it was really eerie.

There were rumours of another bomb and that the perpetrators might be in the vicinity of our hotel.

It was really upsetting and the Majorcan people are so lovely they do not deserve this atrocity.

On the way to Palma airport this morning we passed the site of the bomb outside the police station.

It was very surreal. A mile down the road we also came into Calvia and passed the scene of the other bomb that luckily was defused.

The police presence is huge in the area and security was extra tight at Palma airport this morning.

Fortunately, we flew with a Spanish charter airline based in Palma and our flight left for London on time, but hundreds of others were sleeping on the floor in the departure lounge, waiting for cancelled or delayed flights home.

It is a real tragedy for Majorca and spoilt a fantastic holiday.

Terrorists cannot be allowed to destroy lives in this way and I hope people will not be put off going to Majorca on holiday.

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