January 30, 2005 ETA called and warned the Basque roadside assistance authority that there was a bomb in the Hotel Port Denia
that would explode in forty minutes. thirty-five minutes later the blast blew a 33 ft by 16 ft hole in an outside wall. The hotel had been evacuated in time, but one tourist has suffered shattered eardrums from the blast.
The bomb, the second claimed by ETA in two weeks, was hidden in a backpack and left in a courtyard in the hotel in Denia, near the resorts of Benidorm and Alicante, the Interior Ministry said.
Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso condemned the attack in a statement saying: "Terrorist attacks will never manage to change ... the government's policy of absolute steadfastness against terrorist violence."
...unless of course you're al-Qaeda and blow up a train station...
Less than two weeks ago a car bomb exploded in a Basque coastal town, injuring a police officer and crushing growing expectations of a cease-fire by ETA, which has killed nearly 850 people since 1968 in a campaign for an independent Basque state.
I wonder when these governments will realize that only force deals with terrorists. Spain is still trying to negotiate peace with this group, through talking, 46 years since ETA's inception in 1959 and they're still blowing stuff up.
Tipped by: In The Bullpen