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Spanish Police Defuse Bomb at Pamplona Festival

Police defused a bomb in a packed tourist hotel at Spain’s Pamplona festival on Sunday after being tipped off by phone call in the name of the Basque guerrilla group ETA, the Navarre regional government said. The 8-pound device was found in the basement of the Maisonnave hotel in the town center, to which tourists have flocked for the annual bull-running festival. The hotel, which accommodates around 1000 people, was evacuated on Sunday after the tip-off. The device was eventually discovered in a bin in the ladies’ toilet. Security officials defused the bomb and the hotel was reopened. Another telephone call on Saturday had also warned police of a bomb at the hotel but a search had revealed nothing, the government said. The Pamplona festival, Spain’s most renowned fiesta, attracts up to a million tourists from around the world each year. ETA, which stands for Basque Homeland and Freedom, is western Europe’s most active guerrilla group and has killed 841 people since 1968 in a campaign for an independent state in northern Spain and southwestern France. Full Story

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