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Bomb Blamed on Separatists Kills 4

July 24, 2000

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ A car bomb blamed on Basque separatists exploded near the house of a Basque senator Monday, lightly injuring at least four people, police said.

A small car loaded with explosives damaged the house of Senator Pilar Aresti and several neighboring houses in the affluent Basque town of Getxo in northern Spain.

Aresti, a senator from the ruling Popular Party in Spain’s parliament, was at home but was not hurt, police said.

A caller to police claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying he was from the Basque separatist group ETA, according to police.

TVE television news said the explosion from the car sent a ball of flame into the air, and the station showed showed images of scorched walls peppered with shrapnel. This was the second car bomb in a month in Getxo, where a June 25 car bomb injured seven people.

ETA has been blamed for at least six attacks in the last 10 days in various parts of Spain in what is seen as an escalation of its 32-year-old war to carve out an independent state in the Basque region of northern Spain.

At least 10 people have been injured and a city councilor was assassinated in those attacks. ETA has been blamed for the deaths of some 800 people since it began its campaign.

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