ETA claims bombing but says truce still in operation

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9 January 2007, MADRID — The Basque separatist organisation ETA said on Tuesday the permanent ceasefire remains in operation despite the bomb attack on Madrid airport which killed two.

9 January 2007

MADRID — The Basque separatist organisation ETA said on Tuesday the permanent ceasefire remains in operation despite the bomb attack on Madrid airport which killed two.

In a statement to the Basque newspaper Gara, the terrorist group also said it carried out the bombing.

It said it did not want to cause injuries in the attack but criticised authorities for not evacuating the car park 'despite three telephone calls'.

One of the calls was made to Gara, but the offices were shut on a Saturday morning and no-one answered.

The statement came ten days after a car bomb blasted the car park at Barajas airport, killing two Ecuadoreans and injuring 26 others.

In response, the interior minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said the only road which could be followed was one without violence.

Earlier, two alleged ETA terrorists were arrested on Tuesday in the French Pyrenees, reports said.

The two have been named by the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser as Asier Larringa and another person whose surname is Orue.

They were both armed.

Police believe both were hiding after the discovery of an arms cache in Amorebieta, in the Basque Country on 23 December.

Sources the two were members of a three-strong ETA 'commando'. None are thought to have had any previous history of terrorist offences. 

They are also thought to be the same terrorists who carried out the Madrid airport bombing which left two dead, security sources said.

A mobile telephone, bought on 23 December, is the main clue which led investigators to believe this.

The same day the phone was bought, police found traces of materials used to make bombs. It was also the last time Larringa was seen at his home.

Police think this mobile phone was used to make the first of three 'warning' calls to authorities on the day of the bombing.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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