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Spain bomb blast injures seven

ETA Bomb
Damage caused by Tuesday's bomb explosion  

MADRID, Spain - A bomb explosion on Tuesday night left one person dead and seven injured in the popular south eastern tourist resort of Torrevieja.

The dead person, named as Olaia Castresana, 22, is a suspected member of Basque separatist group ETA.

According to a spokesman for the Spanish Interior Ministry, she was killed "while handling a bomb in her own home."

The explosion sent shards of glass flying into a nearby swimming pool, wounding a further seven people, including four children, all of them Spaniards.

A second suspected ETA member fled the scene and is being hunted by police.

The explosives involved are believed to have been part of a cache of dynamite stolen from a store in Grenoble, France, last March.

The blast brings to 33 the number of ETA members killed by their own bombs since the organisation began its campaign of violence in 1968.

In August 2000 four suspected ETA members died when they accidentally blew up their car in the northern city of Bilbao.

ETA is fighting for a separate Basque homeland in northern Spain and southern France (the acronym stands for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, Basque for "Basque Homeland and Freedom").

In a 33-year campaign of violence they have killed more than 800 people, most of them policemen, councillors and politicians.

The group announced a cease-fire in Spetember 1998, but returned to violence in December 1999, since when it has been blamed for 34 killings, most recently on July 14.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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