Powerful explosion has killed two civil guards as they sat in their vehicle
The bomb exploded outside a civil guard barracks in Palam Nova at about 1400 local time, killing two civil guards who were sat inside the car. Eyewitnesses reported hearing the explosion and seeing a cloud of black smoke rise into the sky.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the blast it comes a day after a bomb exploded outside a police station in the northern Spanish city of Burgos injuring a number of people. Following today’s attack the interior minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, did not hesitate to blame the Basque separatist group Eta, saying “We have always known that they are murderers and savages. Always, today we also know that they are murderers, savages and crazed.”
The blast happened at a critical time for Mallorca. With tens of thousands of holidaymakers on the island, as well as the royal family, the blast was clearly designed to wreak economic carnage. Palma Nova, where the blast occurred, is next to the popular holiday resort of Magaluf, about five kilometres from the island capital Palma de Mallorca. Many flights were cancelled in the aftermath, causing travel chaos for many, although the airport has now reopened. In addition, police ordered that no ships or pleasure boats were to leave the island while the bombers were tracked down.
Eta has killed more than 800 people in its decades-long violent struggle to achieve an independent state.