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    Homemade Bomb Detonates Near Baralla Municipal City Hall in Northern Spain: Reports

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    A powerful explosion occurred when a homemade bomb was detonated near the building of the Baralla municipal city hall in the Lugo province in northern Spain Wednesday, the Spanish ABC newspaper reported.

    MADRID, October 1 (RIA Novosti) – A powerful explosion occurred when a homemade bomb was detonated near the building of the Baralla municipal city hall in the Lugo province in northern Spain Wednesday, the Spanish ABC newspaper reported.

    The explosion was heard 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) away and caused severe damage to the city hall, as well as adjacent buildings. No casualties were reported.

    According to the mayor of Baralla, the explosion occurred at 4:40 a.m. local time (02:40 GMT) and was caused by a homemade bomb. Local police say the bomb was most likely detonated by associates of the Resistencia Galega, also known as REGA, terrorist organization, which advocates for the separation of the northern Galicia region from Spain.

    Resistencia Galega is responsible for the October 7, 2013 explosion in the northern Ourense province.

    Meanwhile, residents of Catalonia, another northern region of Spain, have been planning to hold an independence referendum on November 9.

    On Monday, Spain's Constitutional Court suspended the planned referendum, after the Spanish government filed a legal appeal, saying that the vote would breach the country's rule of law since it would be held in Catalonia alone, rather than in the whole of Spain.

    On Tuesday, Catalonia's regional government said it would appeal the decision of the Constitutional Court.

    Catalan secessionists have been accusing the Spanish government of draining the region of tax revenues and constraining its linguistic and cultural autonomy. Madrid, however, claims Catalonia benefits from the union with Spain and enjoys a wide autonomy.

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