Bombers strike in Marbella as EU summit starts

A second car bomb has exploded at a coastal resort in Spain as an EU summit gets underway.

A second car bomb has exploded at a coastal resort in Spain as an EU summit gets underway.

The latest blast went off in Marbella, 90 miles from Fuengirola, where the first blast injured six people.

Spanish radio says there are no injuries in the second blast as police had time to evacuate the area.

Office buildings in the area had been emptied moments before the explosion, following a phoned warning to an emergency services number in the Basque region.

The bombings indicate Eta is still able to strike deep into Spanish territory despite the arrest of dozens of suspected members.

Spain has escalated its domestic anti-terrorism campaign since the September 11 strike.

The attacks came only a week after police found 288 pounds of dynamite and other explosives, along with boxes of detonators and wiring, in woodland further up the coast near Valencia.

The government said at the time that detained members of an Eta cell had planned to use it to attack tourist targets and "create a sense of chaos" during the meeting of 15 EU leaders in Seville.

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