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Policeman Shot in Spain's Basque Region

A local police chief was shot and seriously wounded on Saturday in the Basque region of northern Spain in an attack which authorities blamed on outlawed separatist guerrilla group ETA. If confirmed, it would be the first attack by ETA in 2003. It comes amid heightened tension in the largely autonomous Basque region as Madrid pushes ahead with plans to outlaw radical nationalist party Batasuna ahead of elections in May. At around 10 a.m. a hooded gunman burst into a cafe in the northern Basque town of Andoain and shot police sergeant Joseba Pagazaurtundua, 45, several times in the head and back as he was eating his breakfast. The policeman, an activist of anti-ETA group “Basta Ya” and the brother of a local Socialist politician, was rushed to hospital in the nearby city of San Sebastian. Full Story

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