Explosion rocks Basque region

Madrid - A car bomb exploded in Spain's Basque country near the headquarters of TV station ETB in the northern town of Bilbao on Wednesday without causing any injuries, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Police earlier said emergency services had evacuated the local Basque TV station and surrounding buildings following a bomb warning in the name of Basque separatist group ETA.

Emergency services found a suspicious vehicle after closing off the area and a short time afterwards found the owner of the vehicle tied up in Arrigorriaga, near Bilbao, the spokesperson said.

The person was tied to a tree on a mountain, El Mundo newspaper said.

ETA has killed more than 800 people in four decades of armed struggle for the independence of traditional Basque territories in northern Spain and south-west France. - Reuters

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