Madrid Airport Bombing Blamed on ETA
Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion at the country’s busiest airport Saturday on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire.
Several people suffered minor injuries when a stolen van exploded in a parking lot near terminal four at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport, which had been evacuated after police received a warning. One man is reported missing after the explosion. If found dead, he would be the first fatality caused by ETA in three years.
Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said the government condemned the attack, “which breaks nine months without violence on the part of ETA, which breaks the permanent ceasefire.”
It is worth noting that the government blamed the March 2004 Madrid commuter train bombing on ETA, too, when it was in fact set off by an al Qaeda affiliate.