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NI woman's fear over Majorca bomb

Holidaymakers returning from Majorca

Holidaymakers returning from Majorca pick up their luggage at Belfast International Airport

A Belfast woman has spoken of her fear as the bomb that killed two policemen in Majorca exploded outside her hotel.

The explosion on Thursday is being blamed on the Basque separatist group Eta.

A number of Northern Irish holiday makers were caught up in the attack in the resort of Palmanova.

Paula Doak was eating in a ground floor restaurant when the device went off. She said her 18-year-old son was yards from the explosion.

"We were just sitting having lunch at a restaurant and there was an explosion and everybody started to run, all the guests in the hotel," she said.

"So we ran out of the dining room round to the front because my boy had just left the dining hall.

"I ran out to see if he was anywhere near it."

The mother said her son had seen "the car go up - the parts of the car lift up into the air".

"So then we were told to get into the hotel.

"They kept us in the hotel and then the police and fire brigade came."

Ms Doak said the hotel they were staying in was "about 50 feet away from the police station".

"I felt scared, shocked - experienced Belfast over again with the explosion, but we thought it was a gas explosion at first," she added.

"Then someone said terrorists had left a bomb in a police car and two policemen were killed.

"My son is OK, he had never experienced anything in Belfast, because he is only 18 so the Troubles were more or less over by the time he was growing up.

"He didn't really panic about it."

Thousands of tourists were affected as some flights were turned back or diverted to other Spanish islands following the explosion.

Flights out of the airport in the capital Palma were suspended for several hours and those flying to the island from the UK also faced delays.

Spain said the blockade was meant to "prevent the terrorists from fleeing". Police said a second unexploded device was found near the explosion site.

The blast came a day after a similar attack in northern Spain injured 46.

The government has blamed both on Eta.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero described the killings as "vile" and paid tribute to the Civil Guards.

He said the killers would be caught.

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

The bombs came ahead of the 50th anniversary of Eta's founding, on Friday.



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