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article imageCar bomb defused outside La Jonquera megabrothel in Spain

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By Anne Sewell     Dec 24, 2012 in World
Believed to be the work of gangs involved in a turf war, a car bomb was successfully defused in the car park of a brothel in north-east Spain.
The megabrothel, called Paradise, is one of Spain's largest legal brothels and employs around 200 sex workers in the town of La Jonquera, on the border with France.
The brothel was opened in October after years of stoppages in construction and disputes, with many residents against the business.
Reportedly a security guard at Paradise called police late on Sunday, after masked men sped up to the building in two cars. A man got out of one of the vehicles and brandished a weapon, shouting that he was leaving behind a car with a bomb in the back, before leaving with four other people in a second vehicle.
Citing sources within the investigation, Spain's Europa Press agency said the explosives placed in the car consisted of two butane gas tanks, around a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of TNT and dynamite, with a fuse attached.
300 people were evacuated safely from the site as the bomb squad defused the bomb. According to a regional ministry spokesman, unnamed due to ministry rules, it took several hours to deactivate the device.
Many of the town’s 3,000 residents believe the bomb was related to gangs involved in a turf war.
The Mayor of La Jonquera, Sonia Martínez, said she would take action to try and close Paradise, because it "seriously damages the image of the town."
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