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article imageLeft-wing anarchists blamed for Zaragoza Basilica bombing

By Anne Sewell     Oct 2, 2013 in World
Zaragoza - A small bomb consisting of a camping gas cylinder combined with gunpowder exploded in Zaragoza Basilica in Spain on Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured and left-wing anarchists against the Bourbon monarchy are being blamed.
The bomb exploded in the central area of the Zaragoza Basilica of our Lady of the PIllar (Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza) at around 1:50 p.m. local time.
There were no injuries and no damage to the Baroque church was reported.
Spanish news agency Efe is reporting that police suspect left-wing anarchists in the placing of the home-made device. Reportedly the bomb bore the hallmarks of similar devices used by left-wing groups.
El Mundo (Spanish language) is reporting that the bomb consisted of a camping gas cylinder and gunpowder.
A large cloud of smoke and dust emanated from the explosion, frightening parishioners who were waiting to attend Mass at 14:00. Fortunately the area where the bomb exploded was empty of people at the time.
A neighbor told El Mundo that he heard an "intense" noise that rumbled the windows. He said that shortly thereafter, the National Police entered the building and asked everyone to leave, while officers proceeded to search the basilica for other possible explosives.
Another witness said that people remained calm and quietly left the basilica.
Shortly after the explosion an IU (United Left) councilor in the city of Zaragoza, José Manuel Alonso, said that he had observed two youths running out of the temple "like a bat out of hell", according to Spanish media (in Spanish).
Researchers are now checking through recordings from the cameras installed inside the temple and were apparently able to detect the time that the bomb was placed.
Police believe that the work is being organized by radical anarchist leaders from Greece and Italy. Information Commissioner General, Enrique Barón says "it is terrorism, pure and simple."
A similar explosion in February 2013
This is not the first bomb placed in a Spanish church. In February, a 1.2kg (2.65lb) device was planted in Madrid's La Almudena Cathedral by an anarchist group known as the "Comando Insurreccionalista Mateo Morral."
The group said in a statement, claiming responsibility for the attack, that "The objective of this bomb attack is clear - to strike at the Bourbon monarchy in its sacred places."
"All of its majesty is the fruit of oppression and we, the oppressed, will finish them off through the violence of a revolutionary insurrection."
In April, several packages containing explosives were sent to church-related people, including two "dildos" filled with explosives. The parcels were addressed to the Archbishop of Pamplona and the director of a school of the Legionaries of Christ in Madrid, and apparently both exploded in the mail.
These two attacks were claimed by anarchists called the "Club de Artesanos del Café" and the "FAI/FRI," an anticlerical group for the promotion of the use of sexual toys.
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