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article imageCar bomb destroys police barracks in Burgos, Spain

By KJ Mullins     Jul 29, 2009 in World
The police barracks in Burgos, Spain was destroyed on Wednesday after a car bomb planted by the Basque separatist group ETA went off.
"I want to express our firm condemnation of the attack on the Civil Guard barracks in Burgos," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in a statement to DW-World.De. "I want to express the European Commission's complete solidarity with the citizens and the democratic institutions of Spain in the fight against terrorism."
In the past, ETA has sent warnings before attacks but not for the attack on Wednesday. Without warning, there was no time to evacuate the 14-storey building. At the time of the blast there were 120 people, a third of them children, in the barracks and nearby buildings at 4 a.m. when the explosion occurred.
Many of the approximately 60 people injured in the attack were victims of falling glass. About 38 people required hospital treatment. No one was seriously hurt in the early morning attack that put a 23 feet hole into the ground at the police barracks.
Since ETA's beginnings in 1968, the group has killed more than 825 people. The group wants an independent home in the northern Spanish region of Basque.
Wednesday's attack was the eighth one in 2009.
The Toronto Sun reports:
“The attack aimed to cause deaths,” Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told reporters. “Forty-one girls and boys were sleeping and could simply have been killed in what was a major car bomb. This wasn’t just directed at those that work in the Civil Guard, which is detestable in itself, but it was aimed at hurting their families, giving it an added repulsive aspect."
In June, the group killed a police officer in an attack.
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