Europe

Blast Kills Spanish Officer

Spanish officials are blaming the Basque militant separatist groups ETA for a car bomb this morning that killed a senior police officer outside the northern city of Bilbao. The blast is the first attack that has resulted in a death by the group since December. The 49-year-old member of the Spanish National Police was responsible for a unit assigned to attacking ETA. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero spoke from Brussels, where he is attending an E.U. summit, “We knew it could happen again, even though the terrorist organization is weaker than ever.” ETA has killed over 825 people since starting its campaign for independence in the late 1960s.