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Bomb blasts hit Spain's Majorca


The scene in the area after police detonated an explosive device at a bar

There have been three bomb explosions on the Spanish island of Majorca, following a warning purported to be from the Basque separatist group, Eta.

Officials say the first bomb went off in a beachfront bar and restaurant in Palma de Majorca. No-one was injured.

Two further blasts occurred at another nearby restaurant and in a town square. No injuries were reported.

Eta earlier admitted responsibility for a bomb attack in Majorca last month which killed two Civil Guard officers.

On Sunday, the first bomb exploded in the toilet of a bar-restaurant called La Rigoletta, in the Paseo del Portitxol, in front of a beach called Can Pere Antoni, officials said.

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They said the device was small and there were no injuries. Everyone had been evacuated from the restaurant and the area was later sealed off by police.

No details have been released about the second bomb blast, but reports in the Spanish media suggest it was a controlled explosion carried out by the police.

Laura Penn, who works for Luna Radio in Majorca, told the BBC that "a small device was found 500m from the first [bomb] shortly after; that was detonated in a controlled explosion".

The police later confirmed that a third bomb had gone off in a shopping centre under the central square, the Plaza Mayor.

"But it was a small device, even weaker than the other two," a government spokesman in Mallorca was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

The website of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo said that the telephone warning before the first explosion had been made in the name of Eta.

El Pais newspaper said the warning had been received by a taxi company in the Basque region.

Eyewitness account

Ronald Lobo, who runs a restaurant near the scene of the first explosion, described what happened after the warning was given.

It is a worrying time for us. I don't understand why these radicals are targeting our island
Majorca resident Lucia Gonzalez Vicente

"We were inside the restaurant and my friend saw at the back that many policemen had come to the Italian restaurant," he said.

"After a while we saw that all the people... in the Italian restaurant are evacuating. Then... the policemen came and all the clients in all the restaurants, they turned them out."

Eta has been held responsible for more than 820 deaths during its campaign for an independent homeland in Spain's Basque region.

In its statement earlier on Sunday, Eta claimed responsibility for July's bomb attack in Palmanova, Majorca, and for three other bombings in Spain this summer, which together claimed three lives and injured dozens more.

The organisation is marking the 50th anniversary of its founding.

Majorca is one of Spain's top tourist destinations. Eta has targeted the country's tourist industry in the past in a bid to disrupt trade and force talks.

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