French find new ETA explosives cache

21st August 2009, Comments 0 comments

French police discovered a second cache of explosives containing as much as several hundred kilogrammes of explosives.

Madrid – French police Thursday discovered a second cache of explosives following the arrests of three members of the Basque separatist group ETA, a Spanish anti-terrorist source said.

"A cache containing a large amount of explosives" has been found at Camplong near Montpellier in southern France, said the source.

The source gave no further details, but the Basque news agency Vasco Press said the cache contained several hundred kilogrammes of explosives.

It was the second cache discovered since French police arrested three suspected ETA members at an Alpine ski resort on Wednesday.

Spanish authorities said the three supplied arms, ammunition and explosives to ETA cells.

French police on Wednesday found 100kg (220 pounds) of ammonium nitrate and 12 litres of nitromethane, used to make bombs, at an ETA hideout in Ferrieres, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Spanish border.

ETA is blamed for the deaths of 828 people in its campaign for an independent Basque homeland in part of northern Spain and southwest France.

AFP / Expatica

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