A bomb exploded in Paris on Sunday (22 May), damaging a branch office of the Spanish Banco de Bilbao.
GV EXTERIOR Banco de Bilbao, Paris, France
GVs EXTERIOR Front of bank showing damage from bomb explosion (5 shots)
GVs People in street looking at damaged bank front (2 shots)
GV Blown-out bank window
SVs Damaged car parked outside bank (2 shots)
SV Police erecting barriers
SV Police measuring area of blast
GVs Damage to windows and cars (4 shots)
GVs Carpenters boarding up windows of nearby shops (2 shots)
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Background: A bomb exploded in Paris on Sunday (22 May), damaging a branch office of the Spanish Banco de Bilbao. French police believe the bomb may have been left by Spanish Basque dissidents.
SYNOPSIS: The blast seriously damaged the front of the bank and a number of nearby shops and cars. No-one was hurt. The city of Bilbao lies in the Basque region of northern Spain, and Banco de Bilbao branches have been targets in the past for dissidents seeking autonomy for the Basque area.
On the day of the Paris explosion, the Basque urban guerrilla group, ETA, announced it would be renewing its armed action against the Spanish government. A number of ETA members are in prison for acts of violence. But the government has announced that such prisoners will receive an official pardon if they agree to going into exile. However, the ETA faction which gave t heir communique to a Madrid newspaper said the offer was not acceptable, and their campaign of violence would continue.