ETA terrorist had 'planned to attack Americas Cup'
26 January 2007, BARCELONA — An arrested Eta terrorist was planning to carry out an attack on the Americas Cup planned for Valencia later this year, police said on Friday.
26 January 2007
BARCELONA — An arrested Eta terrorist was planning to carry out an attack on the Americas Cup planned for Valencia later this year, police said on Friday.
Íker Aguirre Bernadal, 26, was arrested on Thursday on a train between Perpignan and Barcelona carrying bomb-making plans, EUR 3,000 in cash and documents with false identities.
Anti-terrorist police sources said Aguirre had been sent to plan an attack on the international yachting regatta by the Basque separatist group's military leader Garikoitz Aspiazu, known as 'Txeroki'.
The Americas Cup is due to start in April and reaches its climax in July.
It will be opened by the King of Spain Juan Carlos, who has previously been the target of Eta assassination plots.
The competition is expected to attract celebrities and royal families from around the world.
Anti-terrorist sources said it appeared Eta was attempting to set up a 'commando' cell in Spain to carry out bomb attacks on the world's biggest yachting regatta.
Agents on the French-Spanish border to stop terrorists entering the country spotted Aguirre, who is wanted in relation to a series of Eta attacks in the Basque Country in 2004.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news