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Terror Campaign in Mallorca

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The Basque Separatist organization ETA yesterday admitted responsibility for the Palmanova car bomb attack, eleven days ago. Also yesterday, ETA warned of three impending bombs to go off sometime between 12h00 and 18h00 yesterday in Palma de Mallorca. The warnings were apparently made in phone calls originating in France.

Three small bombs went off indeed yesterday afternoon. The first one was placed in an Italian restaurant in Portitxol, a suburban area of Palma de Mallorca and not far from where this photo was taken last year. The restaurant was busy with lunchtime servings at the time of the attack but luckily, the explosion in a ladies’ toilet was caused by a small artefact and caused no bodily harm. An hour or so later a second small device exploded in another restaurant, also in Portitxol, but by then restaurants in that area had already been cleared of customers by Palma’s security forces.

A third device exploded in Palma’s centre in Plaça Mayor shortly after 18h00 within the underground shopping arcades. These facilities were closed, however, as is usual for a Sunday afternoon.

No casualties were reported in any of yesterday’s ETA bombings. Thank heaven. The explosions bring the total of terrorist attacks in Mallorca to five bombs within 11 days.

The Balearic government has set up a free information phone line for residents and tourists. The telephone number (900.900.365) is serviced from Mondays to Saturdays between 10h00 and 18h00. I do not understand why no free information is available after hours nor on Sundays. The helpline is available in Catalan, Castellano, English and German.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Portitxol, on the outskirts of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The date: June 25th, 2008. The time was 12:09:16.

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