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Explosives Taken From Car in Spain

December 31, 2000

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) _ Spanish police on Sunday removed two boxes of explosives from an abandoned car parked near a train station, authorities said.

Government officials said they received a tip from a man identifying himself as a member of the Basque separatist group ETA who warned of the car bomb in Seville and of its explosion at 4 a.m.

The anonymous caller told authorities that the car was parked in front of the Santa Justa train station and gave its license plates.

Shortly after authorities discovered the white Peugeot 306 with stolen license plates, officers deactivated about 220 pounds of explosives, which were found sealed in two boxes. One of the boxes was placed in the trunk of the car and the other inside the vehicle, said Jose Torres Hurtado, a representative of the Interior Ministry in Seville.

It was unclear whether the explosives were connected to a detonator or fuse.

Dozens of people were evacuated from the area while bomb disposal experts worked to remove the explosives. The Santa Justa train station also closed its entry.

On Saturday, two devices exploded in the Basque city of San Sebastian, causing substantial material damage but no injuries.

The last attack blamed on ETA was on Dec. 14 and claimed the life of Francisco Cano, a plumber who also served as councilor for the ruling Popular Party in Viladecaballs, a small town in Catalonia.

ETA has claimed around 800 killings in its 32-year-old battle for an independent Basque homeland straddling northern Spain and southwest France. It has been blamed for 23 killings this year.

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