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ETA Blamed for Spain Shooting

May 8, 1998

VITORIA, Spain (AP) _ A retired Civil Guard officer was shot twice in the head today in the second attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA in as many days.

Retired Lt. Alfonso Parada Ulloa, 61, was undergoing surgery after being gunned down in the northern Basque city of Vitoria, Interior Ministry official Enrique Villar told national radio. He was in very serious condition, Villar said.

Tomas Caballero, a city councilor from nearby Pamplona, died on Wednesday after being shot in the back of the neck, the fourth murder blamed on ETA this year.

His death prompted thousands of Spaniards to take to the streets in protest.

ETA - a Basque language acronym for Basque Homeland and Freedom _ has killed nearly 800 people in its 30-year campaign for an independent Basque state.