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Army man killed in car bombs attack; RETURN TO TERROR: BLASTS IN SPANISH CAPITAL SIGNAL END OF ETA CEASEFIRE.

A SPANISH Army officer was killed yesterday when two massive car bombs exploded in Madrid.

It's feared they were planted by the Basque separatist group, ETA - marking the end of a 14-month ceasefire.

Lieutenant-Colonel Pedro Antonio Blanco Garcia, 48, had just kissed his family goodbye and was walking down a quiet street near Atletico Madrid's football stadium when the first bomb went off.

The blast also injured a 14-year-old girl and two other pedestrians. Minutes later, as emergency services arrived, a second bomb exploded 500 yards away. No one else was hurt.

The neighbourhood was chosen because it houses hundreds of army families.

Jumpy police later shot a thief dead less than a mile away as he tried to break into a locked car.

A defiant Government spokesman said: "ETA will never achieve its objectives through violence."
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Author:Dowdney, Mark
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 22, 2000
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