Suspected ETA arms cache found in France

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PARIS, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - A weapons cache attributed to the armed Basque separatist group ETA was uncovered Monday in a garage in the southwestern French city of Biarritz, a source close to the investigation said.

PARIS, Aug 13, 2007 (AFP) - A weapons cache attributed to the armed Basque separatist group ETA was uncovered Monday in a garage in the southwestern French city of Biarritz, a source close to the investigation said.

The garage owner -- who had rented out the premises -- alerted police after stumbling upon a stash of weapons, bomb-making materials and documents written in Basque during a visit to the property.

He had used a spare key to let himself in after his tenants failed to make contact with him at the end of their lease.

Bomb disposal experts were dispatched to the scene, where police found three automatic handguns, 9-millimetre ammunition, two complete bombs with timers and detonators, a spool of explosive fuse and a mobile phone.

Investigators also found several cans of potentially-explosive chemicals.

A search of the premises was still underway late Monday, and the case has been referred to French anti-terrorism investigators.

ETA, which has killed more than 800 people in four decades of armed struggle to achieve independence for the Basque regions of Spain and southwestern France, formally ended a 15-month ceasefire last month.

AFP

Subject: French news

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