General Franco's Prime Minister and right hand man, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, was assassinated as he rode through a Madrid Street on Thursday (20 December).
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Background: General Franco's Prime Minister and right hand man, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, was assassinated as he rode through a Madrid Street on Thursday (20 December).
A bomb exploded by remote control tossed his car over a five storey building and into the courtyard of a church where he had just attended mass.
Later the Basque separatist Organisation ETA claimed responsibility for the blast.
A Spanish Information Ministry spokesman said the assassins had dug a tunnel out into the middle of the road from the basement of a house to plant the bomb. It was triggered as the Prime Minister's car passed.
Admiral Carrero Blanco was the first European Government leader to die violently since the Second World War.
The Government announced that the seventy-year-old Admiral would be buried on Friday afternoon (21 December), but did not say where the burial would take place. A Requiem Mass will be said for him by the Archbishop of Madrid.
Heavy security was imposed throughout Madrid after the explosion. It came only minutes before the trial of ten opponents of the Franco Government was due to open one kilometre (half a mile) away. The trial was suspended indefinitely.
Admiral Carrero Blanco's deputy, Senor Torcuato Fernandez Miranda automatically succeeds him, according to an official announcement.