A car bomb killed suspected ETA Basque separatist leader, Jose Martin Sagardia in the French Atlantic resort of Biarritz on Tuesday (30 December).
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Background: A car bomb killed suspected ETA Basque separatist leader, Jose Martin Sagardia in the French Atlantic resort of Biarritz on Tuesday (30 December). His death at the hands of an extreme right wing organisation, comes at a delicate stage in negotiations for devolution in the Basque country.
SYNOPSIS: The powerful explosion killed Mr. Sagardia outright and dealt a blow to peace and home rule in the Basque country. IIO people were killed there in political violence in 1980, most at the hands of the ETA group. But for the murder of Mr. Sagardia, the right-wing Spanish Basque Battalion said it was responsible. The self-styled battalion claims to have killed seven other people this year.
Debris from the bomb which killed Mr. Sagardia was showered over a 200 yard (metre) radius, injuring a by-stander and damaging nearby buildings. Mr. Sagerdia is the fifth suspected member of ETA's military wing to be killed in exile in the French Basque region over the past two years.
His death ends an optimistic mood in the Basque country, created by its home-rule government in negotiations with Madrid on Basque independence.
There are fears the killing could provoke a new outburst of violence by ETA, which had been quiet pending the outcome of the devolution talks. A leading Madrid newspaper claims Police Commissioner Manuel Ballesteros had offered money to kill ETA members, but Mr. Ballesteros denied the allegations.