Fresh raids against ETA net five suspects

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6 October 2004, NAVARRA – Spanish police arrested Wednesday five more suspected ETA terrorists in raids across northern Spain.

6 October 2004

NAVARRA – Spanish police arrested Wednesday five more suspected ETA terrorists in raids across northern Spain.

The arrests took place three days after a major operation in France in which 17 ETA suspects were detained including the political leader of the Basque separatist group Mikel Albisu Iriarte, whose alias is 'Mikel Antza'.

Two Russian-made land-to-air missile rocket launchers were also discovered at ETA weapons dumps in France Tuesday.

The operation has been hailed as a major blow against the already-weakened terrorist group.

Police named the suspects they detained Wednesday as Aimar Allarza Larrarte, who was arrested in Pamplona and has previous convictions for street violence.

In San Sebastian, they arrested Juan José Zarautz Lekuona and José Ramón Unanue Urdanpilleta and in Irun, near the French border, they detained María Arantzazu Sanchez Larrarte and Aimar Guzón Arrese.

They were all said to be "waiting for instructions to carry out bombings", according to anti-terrorist police sources.

Police said the operation would continue throughout the day and there could be more arrests.

The operation follows the arrest Sunday of Pedro María Alcantarilla, a lorry driver in Burgos, northern Spain, who is said to be part of the military wing of the group.

He is said to be linked to attempted attacks on two electricity pylons in north-west Spain in recent weeks.

Antza and his partner,  Soledad Iparraguirre,  whose alias is Anboto, have both been taken to Paris.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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