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The BBC's Flora Botsford in Madrid
"A warning to the Spanish government that ETA are very much alive and well"
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Wednesday, 12 July, 2000, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Madrid bomb injures eight
fire-fighters trying to secure bombed store in spain
The department store was extensively damaged
A car bomb has exploded outside one of Madrid's largest department stores, injuring at least eight people.

Emergency services said the 0630 (0430GMT) blast at the Plaza Callao business and shopping district in the centre of the Spanish capital had caused extensive damage.



I was asleep when it happened. It was horrible, a huge scare. I thought the world had split in two

Local resident

Four of the injured were taken to hospital and the rest were treated at the scene.

Police believe the car had been carrying about 15 kg (33 lbs) of explosive, and bore the hallmarks of the Basque separatist group ETA.

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An Interior Ministry official, Javier Ansuategui, said an anonymous caller tipped off fire-fighters 30 minutes before the blast outside the Corte Ingles department store.

The blast shattered windows in all 10 storeys of the store and in some buildings across the nearby Gran Via boulevard.



The blast came four days after a bomb exploded outside a newspaper office in Spain's Basque region in an attack blamed on ETA.

Police also defused a bomb attached to the underside of a van in a small Basque town.

ETA has been linked to five killings since calling off a 14-month ceasefire last December. The group has been blamed for about 800 deaths since taking up arms in 1968.

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