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Spanish bomb attack injures dozens

A powerful car bomb destroyed a police barracks housing officers and their families in northern Spain on Wednesday, injuring about 60 people and causing major damage in the surrounding area.

Officials surprised no one killed

A powerful car bomb destroyed a police barracks housing officers and their families in northern Spain on Wednesday, injuring about 60 people and causing major damage in the surrounding area.

Spain's interior minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, blamed the attack on the Basque separatist group ETA.

ETA did not phone in a warning as it typically does before most attacks, so authorities had no time to evacuate the 14-storey building in Burgos, police said.

There were around 120 people in the barracks and surrounding buildings, a third of them children, when the explosion went off at 4 a.m. local time Wednesday.

Most of the injuries were from flying glass, and 38 of the wounded were treated in a hospital, the Interior Ministry said.

Officials expressed surprise no one was killed in the blast, which blew off much of the barracks' facade. Nearby residential dwellings had their windows and some walls blown in by the force of the explosion.

'Attack aimed to cause death'

Rubalcaba rushed to the scene and condemned the bombing.

"The attack aimed to cause deaths," he told reporters. "Forty-one girls and boys were sleeping and could simply have been killed in what was a major car bomb.

"This wasn't just directed at those that work in the Civil Guard, which is detestable in itself, but it was aimed at hurting their families, giving it an added repulsive aspect."

Members of Spain's paramilitary Civil Guard police force often live in barracks with their spouses and children. The force is chiefly in charge of policing rural areas and guarding official buildings.

The attack was ETA's eighth this year, further proof the militant group is still an active force despite major police crackdowns in Spain and France. Spain's government claims after each ETA arrest, including those of many leaders, that the group has been decapitated, but the attacks have continued.

ETA has killed more than 825 people since it launched a campaign in 1968 for an independent homeland in the Basque region of northern Spain.

ETA is a Basque-language acronym for Basque Homeland and Freedom.

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