ETA 'stole 500kg explosives'
4 May 2004, HONFLEUR, France – Investigators probing the theft of 500kg of explosives believe it could be linked to ETA, it was claimed Tuesday.
4 May 2004
HONFLEUR, France – Investigators probing the theft of 500kg of explosives believe it could be linked to ETA, it was claimed Tuesday.
The private Europa 1 radio station claimed that ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser commonly used in terrorist bombs, had been stolen by members of the Basque terrorist group.
The claim has not been officially confirmed by anti-terrorist police.
If ETA was behind the theft it would show that the terrorist group is still active, despite claims that it wanted to declare a truce in the wake of the Madrid bombings by Islamic extremists.
It is thought that the group, which has suffered a series of damaging arrests in the past year, believed that there would be such revulsion at any future bomb attacks it would harm its cause.
The chemical was stolen from the quayside in the northern port town, located at the mouth of the Seine river, over Easter weekend. But the theft was discovered only on Monday, police said.
"A theft like this one happens frequently on the quays," sources close to the investigation said.
They added that stocks of ammonium nitrate stored in the port in large quantities are not subject to any particular security measures.
A mix of ammonium nitrate and fuel was used in the February 1993 attack against the World Trade Centre in New York, which killed six people and wounded 1,000, and in the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.
The storage of some 300 tonnes of the fertilizer at the AZF chemical factory in the southwestern French city of Toulouse led to an explosion in September 2001, which killed 30 people and injured more than 1,000 others.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news