'ETA bomb' explodes outside disco
From CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman
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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A car bomb exploded at a discotheque in northern Spain on Tuesday night, causing damage but no injuries because police had cleared the area after a warning call in the name of the Basque separatist group ETA, an Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN.
The blast came just four days after Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that Spain could be witnessing the "beginning of the end" of ETA, which is blamed for more than 800 deaths in its 37-year fight for Basque independence.
While government officials and political analysts speculate publicly about an imminent ETA cease-fire, the Basque ambulance service DYA received a call just after 7 p.m. (6 p.m. GMT) Tuesday in which the caller, speaking for ETA, warned of a bomb that would explode an hour later at La Nuba discotheque in the town of Urdax, in northern Navarra province, a DYA spokeswoman told CNN.
Civil Guards rushed to the site and cleared the area. The bomb, in a van parked outside the dance club, went off at 8 p.m., the ministry spokesman said.
Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso, in the eastern city of Valencia to speak at a conference honoring victims of terrorism, including many who have suffered at the hands of ETA, condemned the latest blast.
Last December, ETA set off a bomb at another discotheque in Navarra province, causing no injuries but property damage, after a warning call.
ETA is listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States.
ETA has not killed anyone since 2003, although it continues a campaign of bombings that caused injuries and property damage last year.
More than 500 ETA prisoners are now in Spanish jails, after police in Spain and France, ETA's traditional rearguard region, have boosted cooperation in recent years.
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