In Northern Spain, the funeral took place on Monday (6 March) of two policemen who died when gunmen fired on their patrol car in Vitroia.
In Northern Spain, the funeral took place on Monday (6 March) of two policemen who died when gunmen fired on their patrol car in Vitroia. The basque separatist guerrilla organisation, ETA, has claimed responsibility. The ETA has sworn to attack members of the security forces until they are removed from the region.
SYNOPSIS: The attack was the latest in a series of violent incidents in the Basque country, causing worries to the Spanish government concerned at the effect on the municipal elections due to be held later this year.
The policemen were patrolling a suburb of Vitoria when the occupants of a car overtook them at high speed and opened fire. One policeman died instantly; the other shortly after arriving at hospital. Three other officers with them were seriously injured.
The Basque guerrilla organisation, claiming responsibility for the raid in a communique sent to local newspapers, said the Government was deaf to the aspirations of the Ras???ue people and the only way to make it hear was to strike hard blows. The communique repeated the ETA police forces " out of the Rescue country.
Other incidents involving police recently have included a machine-gun attack on a bus carrying police in Bilbao. Three were injured. Another two officers were hurt when petrol bombs were thrown during a left-wing demonstration in Pamplona.