Road workers find ETA arms cache near Madrid

7th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

A road repair crew found an arms cache, including explosives and a gun, near Madrid on Friday belonging to the armed Basque separatist group ETA, the interior ministry said.

Madrid - A road repair crew found an arms cache, including explosives and a gun, near Madrid on Friday belonging to the armed Basque separatist group ETA, the interior ministry said.

The cache contained a pistol and silencer, a kilo of bomb-making chemicals, four detonators, a shovel and instructions written in the Basque language, all stored in hermetically sealed plastic containers, it said in a statement.

"Police are working on the hypothesis that it is not a cache that was recently hidden by ETA. Investigators are working to determine its age," it said.

In February a car bomb exploded in Madrid's Campo de las Naciones business district, the first attack by ETA on the Spanish capital for two years.

No one was injured but the blast damaged office buildings during the morning rush hour.

ETA is blamed for 825 killings over the past 40 years in its campaign of bombings and shootings to establish an independent Basque nation across parts of northwestern Spain and southwestern France.

AFP / Expatica

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