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The bomb was planted on the wall that surrounds the businessman's chalet in Amorebieta, a town in Vizcaya province, the Basque regional government's Interior Ministry said
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Bomb explodes outside businessman's house
Samples are taken from the scene of the explosion. / EFE
A bomb exploded early today outside the house of a businessman in Spain's northern Basque region, but no one was injured, officials said, adding that the attack appeared to have been mounted by the Basque terrorist group ETA.
The bomb was planted on the wall that surrounds the businessman's chalet in Amorebieta, a town in Vizcaya province, the Basque regional government's Interior Ministry said.
The unidentified businessman is on a list of individuals who are "at risk" of being targeted by ETA, officials said.
The preliminary investigation concluded that ETA carried out the bombing, the Basque Interior Ministry said.
The small bomb damaged the wall and a toolshed, officials said.
Basque businessmen are often the targets of extortion attempts by ETA, which has carried out nearly two dozen attacks since June 5, 2007, when it ended its unilateral cease-fire.
Most observers, however, regarded the December 2006 attack at the Madrid airport as marking the end of the terrorist group's cease-fire.
ETA had declared a "permanent cease-fire" in March 2006 in an apparent attempt to negotiate peace with Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government.
On Dec. 3, construction executive Ignacio Uria Mendizabal was shot and killed by two ETA gunmen.
The 71-year-old Uria was a top executive of one of the firms building the new high-speed train that will link the Basque region's main cities to the rest of Spain and to France.
The train project has been the target of threats and sabotage by ETA.
On Feb. 9, ETA detonated a car bomb in Madrid, but no one was injured, with the attack coming just hours after the Spanish Supreme Court barred two political parties considered close to the Basque terrorist group from taking part in the March 1 regional elections.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Askatasuna and D3M parties could not participate in the regional elections because of their ties to Batasuna, the outlawed political wing of ETA.
This was the first time that no parties close to the Basque terrorist group were allowed to compete in regional elections.
The car bomb went off in front of the headquarters of construction company Ferrovial-Agroman, one of the firms building the high-speed train system in the Basque region.
The attack was the first staged by ETA in Madrid since Dec. 30, 2006, when the terrorist group set off a bomb at the Madrid airport that killed two people.
ETA, an acronym for the Basque language words for Homeland and Freedom, has killed more than 850 people since taking up arms in 1968 to seek a Basque nation comprising parts of northern Spain and southern France.
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