Four bomb explosions in the Majorca yesterday raised fears that the Basque separatist group Eta is waging a summer campaign aimed at island’s tourism industry.
No one was injured in the four explosions yesterday but the attacks have shocked the tens of thousands of tourists, who pack the island at this time of year.
A first device exploded yesterday afternoon at a restaurant in Palma de Majorca, the capital, opposite Can Pere Antoni beach. Police carried out a controlled explosion on a nearby second bomb about 15 minutes later.
Later, a third bomb in an empty shopping centre in Plaza Mayor exploded. A fourth then exploded in a bar. Restaurants and the beach area had all been evacuated.
The attack happened 10 days after a car bomb killed two police officers near hotels in the busy Palmanova-Magaluf area.
The British Foreign Office has maintained its overall safety rating for the country. “There is a high threat from terrorism in Spain,” it says. “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.”
Tourists arriving on the island can expect to see a heavy police presence as thousands of extra officers have been flown in. The airport remained open yesterday and flights were running as normal, but there was increased security.
The Government of the Balearic Islands has said the security measures already in place will remain and be increased further. It has also set up a tourist information toll-free hotline in English, Spanish and German.
Last week Juan Carlos, the Spanish King, met politicians and a representative of the hotel sector on the island to discuss the effect Eta’s attacks were having on tourism. Prince Felipe, the Crown Prince, and Princess Letizia, his wife, posed with their two daughters for cameras in a show of support for the island.