ETA duo arrested in Basque region: Spanish media

12th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish authorities arrested two members of ETA on Tuesday on suspicion of supplying weapons to the armed Basque separatist movement, media reports said.

The duo, who are brothers, were detained in Legoretta in the northern Basque region in a pre-dawn raid as part of an operation carried out by the paramilitary civil guard, the RNE radio network said.

The pair were said by various media to have been accused of providing weapons, explosives and other armed equipment to the outlawed organisation which declared a permanent ceasefire earlier this year.

Their arrest comes three days after a French policeman was wounded in an armed exchange in the Creuse region of southwestern France. A couple were later detained on suspicion of belonging to ETA.

The Batasuna party, regarded as ETA's political wing, has condemned Saturday's shooting as "unacceptable" and "completely incompatible" with a permanent ceasefire announced by the organisation on January 10.

ETA is blamed for the deaths of 829 people in its four-decade campaign of bombings and shootings to force the creation of an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.

© 2011 AFP

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