Second Eta blast victim found

Madrid airport bombing victim uncovered as police find three caches of explosives.

Madird Airport Bomb
The explosion brought down a multistorey car park [AFP]brought down a multistorey car park

Saturday’s attack brought an end to a nine-month ceasefire and the discovery of the caches of explosives has renewed fears that Eta might be planning a new campaign of violence.

Estacia, 19, was believed to have been sleeping in a car in the car park when the bomb exploded.


The other victim, Carlos Alonso Palate, 35, was found on Wednesday. His remains have been returned to Ecuador for burial.


Eta’s campaign for a Basque homeland has lasted for more than 40 years, during which more than 800 people have died.

Explosives found

Basque police recovered 60kg of explosives from a backpack, as well as bomb-making manuals, in the valley of Atxondo near the Basque towns of Amorebieta and Durango on Friday.

Eta has been fighting for a separate Basque
homeland for more than 40 years [AFP]

It was the same area where 100kg of explosives, that police said were ready for “immediate use” but lacking a detonator, were found on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday during a search of the area, they had found more bomb-making materials, including 20kg of ammonium nitrate, detonators and timers in a small hole.


Eta has not claimed responsibility for the blast, but a man who made a warning call to authorities before the explosion said he represented the group.


Government defiant

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, said that Saturday’s attack would “achieve nothing, it is not going to intimidate anyone”.

And his governing Socialist party acknowledged on Friday that the bombing showed that little had been achieved despite the ceasefire.

“We have to recognise that there was a problem of information and no dialogue,” Jose Blanco, a senior Socialist Party official, told the radio station Cadena Ser.

“We have to analyze what happened to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future,” he added.

Failed ceasefire

Zapatero announced in June that he believed the truce was sincere and said he would negotiate with Eta but the talks never got off the ground.

The government has rejected demands from Eta and its political wing, Batasuna, for preliminary gestures such as moving some prisoners to the Basque region and allowing separate talks among Basque political parties on the region’s future.

Eta also has criticized the government for refusing to let up on the movement, citing the continued arrests of suspected members.


Despite the attack, Batasuna says peace talks with the Spanish government are not over.


Xabi Larralde, a Batasuna spokesman, said the peace process “is not broken”.

Source: News Agencies