Peace setback as French say ETA stole guns

20th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 November 2006, PARIS — Anti-terrorist police in France said on Monday ETA were responsible for the theft of hundreds of guns from a factory.

20 November 2006

PARIS — Anti-terrorist police in France said on Monday ETA were responsible for the theft of hundreds of guns from a factory.

The confirmation comes after weeks in which French police said they believed the Basque separatists organised the theft in October.

Frederic Veaux, head of the French anti-terrorist unit, and Jean Pargade, a specialist on ETA, said the group were "definitively" behind the theft of more than 300 revolvers and 50 pistols.

The comments from two senior police officers will prove a further setback in the shaky peace process between Madrid and the Basque terrorist group which declared a 'permanent ceasefire' in March. 

Veaux made his remarks during the trial of 14 alleged ETA terrorists in Paris.

The guns were stolen from a factory in Vauvert in south west France.

Immediately after the theft, both French and Spanish anti-terrorist experts said the modus operandi of the thieves pointed the finger of suspicion at ETA.

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Subject: Spanish news

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