Terrorism: Ominous Threat a la Turca

Spain's rightists hope to provoke a coup by the military

It began as a taut suspense drama. A band of hooded, heavily armed terrorists invaded the ground-floor offices of Barcelona's Banco Central, taking some 200 hostages and demanding the release of four army and Civil Guard officers who were under arrest for their roles in last February's attempted military coup. They threatened to kill the hostages and blow up the bank if their demands were not met. After a 37-hour siege, crack squads of special police moved in to capture the terrorists and free the hostages.

But evidence quickly mounted that the...

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