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American dies from injuries in car bomb

September 11, 1985

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ A New Jersey businessman who was seriously injured two days ago in the explosion of a car bomb detonated by Basque separatists died Wednesday, officials of the Red Cross Hospital said.

Eugene Ken Brown, 40, a resident of the New Brunswick area of New Jersey and an inventory specialist with Johnson and Johnson Co., was hit in the chest and neck by shrapnel Monday while jogging in the area of the explosion. He was rushed to the Red Cross Hospital where he underwent surgery twice.

The Basque separatist organization, called ETA, claimed responsibility for the car bomb that exploded at 7:29 a.m. near the Plaza de la Republica Argentina.

The explosion heavily damaged a van carrying paramilitary civil guards, injuring 16 of them and two passersby, including Brown.

Brown is the first American victim of Basque political violence and the 29th victim this year claimed by the ETA group.

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