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Fifth Car Bomb Explodes in Spain

June 22, 2002

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MADRID, Spain (AP) _ A car bomb _ the fifth explosion in two days _ blew up in the northern city of Santander on Saturday, two hours after a package bomb went off on the southern coast. The two attacks coincided with the closing of the European Union summit in Seville.

No injuries were reported in the latest blast.

The car went off at 2:47 p.m. in Santander, a northern coastal city 244 miles from Madrid.

Earlier in the day, a package bomb exploded in a hotel parking lot in the southern coastal city of Malaga. No one was injured in that blast. All the blasts over the past two days were the work of Basque ETA separatists.

Police in Santander received a telephone warning that a car would explode in 30 minutes, as they had in previous explosions. A spokesman said police had time to evacuate the area even though the bomb exploded five minutes before the ETA caller said it would.

At the start of the European Union summit on Friday, three car bombs rocked the southern cities of Marbella and Fuengirola and the northeast city of Zaragoza.

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