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Bombs Wound 13 at Spanish Resorts After ETA Warning

Bombs tore through two hotels in Spanish seaside resorts on Tuesday, wounding 13 people, including seven foreign visitors, in what appeared to be a new campaign against tourism by Basque separatist group ETA. The explosions, about 10 minutes apart, wounded four policemen plus a civilian in Benidorm and eight people in Alicante, hospital officials in both cities said. ETA gave advance warning of the attacks in a call to a Basque newspaper, but the bombs exploded 10 to 20 minutes before the caller said they would, leading Interior Minister Angel Acebes to call them “booby traps.” Both resorts, which lie about 40 kms (25 miles) apart on Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast, were packed with Spanish and foreign holidaymakers, though the warning gave police time to evacuate the hotels. “I thought it was a truck or something crashing into the building,” said Oskar Molin, an 18-year-old student from Gothenburg, Sweden, who was at a language school near the Alicante hotel when the bomb exploded. Full Story

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