Suspected ETA militants arrested in France

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

HENDAYE, France, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - Three suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA wanted in Spain on terrorism charges were arrested early Tuesday in southwest France, sources close to the investigation said.

HENDAYE, France, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - Three suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA wanted in Spain on terrorism charges were arrested early Tuesday in southwest France, sources close to the investigation said.

The men, all French residents of Spanish origin, are targeted in a European arrest warrant issued over a "terrorist offence committed in Spain", the source said. They were arrested at their homes in the southwestern town of Hendaye.

The Vasco Press news agency quoted French police officials as saying they were suspected of belonging to a commando unit responsible for three murders and around 20 attacks between 1994 and 1997.

Two of them, Marcos Sagarzazu and Xabier Irastorza, both 38, were arrested once before in August 2002 but were released after the French judiciary turned down a Spanish extradition request.

The third, Inaki Tellechea, served a four-year prison sentence in France for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise and was expelled from French territory to Spain in September 2005.

ETA's four-decade armed campaign for an independent Basque homeland comprising parts of northern Spain and southern France has claimed more than 800 lives.

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