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Car Bomb Explodes in Madrid

May 25, 2005

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ A car bomb exploded Wednesday in Madrid after a warning call came from the armed Basque separatist group ETA, Spanish media reported.

The blast occurred around 9:30 a.m. in a northern section of the Spanish capital. Officials had no immediate report on casualties.

Police had cordoned off the area where the bomb went off after a caller to the Basque newspaper Gara, often a mouthpiece for ETA, said a bomb would go off inside a Renault van.

TV images showed a large column of black smoke rising from the area of the explosion.

ETA had not been blamed for an attack in Madrid since February.

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