The World : Spanish Colonel Murdered
A Spanish army colonel and his driver were gunned down by suspected Basque terrorists near the colonel’s home in Madrid’s wealthy Salamanca district. Col. Vicente Romero, 55, and his civilian driver, Juan Garcia Jiminez, 27, were shot and killed by three suspects who fired at least 10 shots at Romero. The suspects abandoned their booby-trapped getaway car in an underground garage. One police officer was killed trying to dismantle the explosives. No group claimed responsiblity for the attacks, but police said the murder weapon and the explosives used in the car blast pointed to the Basque separatist group ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom).