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Former Official Shot to Death in Spain

Associated Press

Gunmen killed former Spanish government minister Ernest Lluch in this northeastern seaport city Tuesday, in an attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA, news reports said.

The shooting came two hours after a car-bomb blast blamed on the ETA shook a residential area on the city’s outskirts. No one was injured in the explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but authorities said the violence appeared to be the work of the ETA, or Basque Homeland and Freedom group.

Lluch, 63, served as health minister in the 1980s under former Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez.

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He was shot twice in the back of the head in the basement parking garage of the building where he lived, the national news agency Efe said.


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