A small bomb exploded outside a court in Tolosa in the Basque Country in the early hours of last Saturday morning, causing material damage but no injuries. A man claiming to represent the Basque terrorist group, called the Basque traffic department to warn of an imminent blast about half an hour before the explosion. The device was left in a rucksack on the steps of the court. It was the fourth bomb attack since the Supreme Court in Madrid banned two Basque parties because of their links to ETA over two weeks ago. More than 850 people died during ETA’s four-decade campaign to set up an independent state straddling northern Spain and south-western France. The group resumed its campaign of violence in December 2006, following the failure of secret talks with the government, but recent arrests both in Spain and France have considerably weakened the group, according to Interior Ministry officials.


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