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    The Spanish government has offered rewards for the capture of six Basque guerrillas suspected of being involved in a wave of bombings in madrid on Sunday (29 July).

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    GV Chanting demonstrators marching.

    SV Bomb damage PAN TO demonstrators chanting.

    GV Demonstrators listening to speech on site of exploded bomb.

    SV PAN Demonstrators giving clenched fist salute during minute's silence for casualties of bomb blasts.

    The latest bombings have puzzled basque experts in Spain, since ETA's political-military wing recently announced its approval of an agreement negotiated between the government and basque nationalist leaders on autonomy proposals for the region. These offer a wide measure of home rule and will be put to a referendum in the Basque country in the autumn.

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    Background: The Spanish government has offered rewards for the capture of six Basque guerrillas suspected of being involved in a wave of bombings in madrid on Sunday (29 July). The political-military wing of the Basque separatist movement ETA has claimed responsibility for the bombings which killed five people and injured ninety-five others at the city's airport and two main railway stations. On Tuesday (31 July) airport workers staged a demonstration in protest at the bombings, chanting anti-ETA slogans.

    SYNOPSIS: The bombs exploded within five minutes of each other on one of Madrid's busiest holiday weekends. Reports indicate that warnings were telephoned to the national news agency an hour earlier, but police did not have enough time to evacuate the area.

    The bomb at Barajas airport claimed one life and later promoted fifteen hundred airport workers to march through the terminal buildings chanting and carrying banners reading 'democracy yes, terrorism no'.

    Security at the airport has now been stepped up causing lengthy delays on international and domestic flights. The bombings have been followed by a spate of hoax warnings causing police to evacuate stations, courts and even hospitals where some of Sunday's injured are being treated.

    Sunday's bombings were the worst since a blast killed eight people in a Madrid bar in May. They follow recent ETA attacks on Spanish holiday resorts. A statement from the group claiming responsibility says more bombs will be planted in tourist centres, and security forces have put special anti-terrorist measures into effect along the packed Mediterranean coast. The powerful and moderate Basque National party ha joined condemnation of the bombings saying there was no possible justification for such terrorism. Airport workers joined in a minute's silence for the victims of Sunday's attack.

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