Explosion linked to ‘gender-based violence’ kills two near playground in Spanish town near French border | world news

An explosion has killed two people in Spain, with authorities suspecting the blast was linked to “gender-based violence”.

The blast happened near a children’s playground in the northern town of Orio on Tuesday, according to local officials.

The man and woman were killed around 5:30 p.m. local time in the fishing town.

There was no indication that other people were injured.

The explosion occurred on a sidewalk bench.

EFE news agency, citing police sources, reported that the preliminary investigation was examining a package held by one of the victims as a possible source of the blast.

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The head of the Basque region, Inigo Urkullu, called the explosion a “tragic event supposedly caused by gender-based violence” without giving further details.

Mr. Urkullu also asked for a minute of silence during a political rally, according to several local media.

Orio has around 6,000 inhabitants and is located near the border with France.


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