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Mystery bomb rocks town hall in Galicia

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Mystery bomb rocks town hall in Galicia
Police haven't ruled out political motives for Wednesday morning's explosion. A file photo of a police officer: Shutterstock
09:53 CEST+02:00
An explosive device is thought to be the cause of a blast which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a town hall in north-western Spain.

The town hall of the Galician municipality of Baralla has been partly destroyed by an explosive device which went off at 4.50 am, Spanish news agency Europa Press reported.

Spain’s Civil Guard police are currently investigating the matter and haven’t ruled out the possibility that Resistencia Galega, a Galician separatist group notorious for planting bombs in banks and political party offices, could be behind the explosion.

The ground floor of the building has suffered most of the damage, with nearby buildings also being affected by the explosion.

Baralla’s right-wing mayor Manuel González Capón has also been the source of controversy in the past with comments such as “those who were sentenced to death” during the years of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco “probably deserved it”.

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