Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  
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Basque airport evacuated after bomb alert

Basque police received a telephone warning in the name of armed Basque separatist group ETA of a bomb at Bilbao airport yesterday, prompting the facility's evacuation as a precaution, the regional interior ministry said.

A police spokesman told AFP that the caller "spoke in ETA's name".

A ministry spokesman added that police in the northern region were "for the moment not giving much credibility" to the call, received at 1:15 pm (1215 GMT).

Nevertheless, regional police elected to evacuate the facility at Loiu, just outside Bilbao, "as a precaution".

The incident came six days after a huge bomb blast killed two men at Madrid airport. The blast followed three telephone warnings, including one in ETA's name.