The Spanish government has blamed the separatist guerrilla group ETA for a car bomb explosion which killed the secretary general of the Socialist Party for the Basque province of Alava, Fernando Buesa Blanco, and his bodyguard. The party opposes Basque separatism. The bomb was detonated as they walked past in a university campus in the Basque capital, Vitoria.

The Basque regional government formally broke its controversial ties with the political wing of the separatist group ETA today after the car bomb. The Basque government last month suspended a parliamentary pact with Euskal Herritarrok after a car bomb in Madrid killed an army officer. The bombing comes less than three weeks before a general election and is the second fatal attack attributed to ETA since they ended their 14-month ceasefire in early December.