ETA suspects caught after hit-and-run in France

30th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2006, MADRID – Two suspected members of the Basque terrorist group ETA have been arrested in France after a hit-and-run accident.

30 January 2006

MADRID – Two suspected members of the Basque terrorist group ETA have been arrested in France after a hit-and-run accident.

Urtzi Gainza Salinas and Inigo Ripoll Estarta were both on the run from the Spanish courts, Ripoll since 2002.

On Sunday, they crashed into a lorry in the south of France at Saint-Paul Cap-de-Joux.

They threaten the lorry's driver with a gun, seizing the lorry and fleeing from the scene of the accident.

However, between Castres and Lavaur they skidded off the snowy road and police caught up with them.

They were carrying false papers, but the French police identified them as the wanted ETA suspects from their fingerprints.

Both men should have appeared in court last June, along with 29 other suspected ETA members, all thought to run the infrastructure and information centre of the terrorist band in Vizcaya.

Some sources say Gainza was also involved in the ambush of a group of policemen in Alto de Herrera in Alvala in September 2003. Two police officers were injured and a suspected ETA man died.

Ripoll is wanted for charges including belonging to an armed group and being a member of a group believed to be planning attacks in the summer of 2004 in Catalunya and Levante.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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