ETA terrorists 'fake pregnancy to hide bombs'
11 April 2005, MADRID - Members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA have been faking pregnancies in order to transport explosives around their waists.
11 April 2005
MADRID - Members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA have been faking pregnancies in order to transport explosives around their waists.
Spanish daily 'El Mundo' reported on Monday that the trick was discovered on 17 February when two presumed ETA members, Mikel Orbegozo and Sara Majarenas, were arrested in Valencia in eastern Spain.
The Spanish interior ministry declined to comment on the reports.
During the operation police found a foam mould shaped like a pregnant woman's belly, inside which were placed 25 sticks of dynamite of 100g each.
The activists had sprinkled the explosives with pepper in order to prevent sniffer dogs from detecting the scent.
Meanwhile, Spanish police found nearly 50kg of Titadyne, an explosive commonly used by the Basque terrorist group ETA, during a raid. The explosives were found in a building in the Basque town of Hernani early on Sunday, officials said.
Interior ministry officials said the raid was part of the police operation launched on 25 March which led to the dismantling of ETA's Donosti cell and yielded the arrests last Thursday of three suspected members of the terrorist group.
Police also found detonators, timers and other bomb-making materials during the search of the building, which lasted three hours.
Last Thursday, police arrested Marta Igarriz Izeta and two other suspected ETA members in Hernani. Igarriz Izeta, Gorka Aztiria Echeverria and Gaizka Olabarrieta Cormenzana are accused of being members of the terrorist group's Donosti cell.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news