In France, a Basque restaurant owner has escaped an assassination attempt.
SV Restaurant sign PULL OUT TO GV restaurant in Rue Pannecau, Bayonne, France.
SV Broken glass and debris lying on pavement and sign showing Rue Pannecau.
GV Shop front and CU with smashed window, door with glass shattered, broken neon sign outside, broken glass on pavement. (4 SHOTS)
GV Man sweeping broken glass into gutter SV PULL OUT TO GV restaurant with people in street. (2 SHOTS)
Mr. Echave's brother, Jean Jose Echave, was seriously injured in an attack in Spain two years ago. His wife, who was with him at the time, was killed.
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Background: In France, a Basque restaurant owner has escaped an assassination attempt. The attack happened in the town of Bayonne, in the western part of France's Basque country. The bomb exploded in a restaurant belonging to Joachim Echave -- a local Basque, whose brother was a former head of the ETA guerrilla movement in Spain.
SYNOPSIS: The Udalaitz is a popular restaurant in Bayonne, serving traditional Basque dishes. The bomb exploded in the early hours of Monday morning (15 September). Fortunately, there was nobody near the scene at the time -- but buildings and cars within a radius of fifty metres (about 160 feet) were damaged in the blast. This is the second time Mr. Echave has escaped an assassination attempt.
No-one claimed responsibility for the attack. Over the past six years, six people in France have died in a series of raids against ETA supporters. The raids were allegedly carried out by right-wing organisations.