Spanish police report another ETA arms cache

5th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

The weapons cache consisting of a grenade, a pistol and explosives was first spotted by a hiker.

MADRID – Police in Spain's Basque region on Wednesday found a pistol, a grenade and eight kilos (17.6 pounds) of explosives belonging to the Basque separatist group ETA, they said in a statement.

The weapons cache was found partly buried in a mountainous and remote area near the Basque town of Ordizia and first spotted by a hiker late on Tuesday, Basque police said in a statement.

It also included about 200 cartridges as well as wigs and hoods, the statement said.

Police said they destroyed the explosives at the site where the cache was found in a controlled blast.

Hidden weapons caches belonging to ETA are frequently found in the Basque region.

In January, 15 kilos of explosives, along with detonators, timers, wigs, maps and other material were found in a cache in the nearby town of Zegama.

ETA, which is on the European Union's list of banned terrorist groups, has been blamed for the deaths of 825 people in a 40-year campaign for an independent Basque homeland straddling northern Spain and southwestern France.

[AFP / Expatica]

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