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Attackers Launch Anti-Tank Rockets at Diesel Storage Tanks

July 10, 1987

RIBABELLOSA, Spain (AP) _ Attackers believed to be Basque separatists today launched anti-tank rockets at a diesel fuel storage tank here, causing a huge fire but no injuries.

Police said the attack on the Campsa fuel storage area near Miranda de Ebro, 160 miles north of Madrid, occurred about 1 a.m.

Campsa, the state-owned petroleum distribution company, has seven 260,000- gallon diesel fuel storage tanks at the complex.

Alava Province civil governor Cesar Milano Manso said firemen managed to contain the fire to one tank and had extinguished it before dawn.

The attackers also detonated a bomb in the parking area for the company’s tanker trucks, but the device only broke windows, police said.

Police said the action appeared to be the work of ETA, the Basque separatist organization that took responsibility for a similar attack June 12 on a petroleum refinery near Tarragona on the Mediterranean coast.

ETA, an acronym for ″homeland and liberty″ in the Basque language, has carried out a 19-year guerrilla and terrorist campaign to press its demand for independence for the northern Spanish Basque country. The group has taken responsibility for the deaths of nearly 600 people.

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