Second ETA arms stockpile found after arrests

9th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Both bomb-making material caches situated outside Basque Country.

9 January 2008

MADRID - Civil Guard officers on Tuesday uncovered what appeared to be a second ETA explosives cache a day after finding 125 kilos of bomb-making materials buried in a forest in the northern province of Huesca.

The second stockpile, which was expected to be opened last night, is located around 500 metres from a house in Lesaka, Navarre, being built by Martín Sarasola, one of two suspected ETA members arrested in the Basque Country on Sunday. Searches of the homes of Sarasola and fellow suspect Igor Portu Juanena in the early hours of Monday morning uncovered maps pinpointing the exact location of the stashes, investigators said.

Among the items found in the first cache, located in a remote area near the village of Sabiñánigo, were 107 kilos of nitrate, aluminium powder, timers, detonators and detonation cable. The stockpile appears to have been around two years old, although investigators suspect ETA was planning to recover its contents soon. Police are currently searching for two other members of the Basque terrorist group who were apparently working alongside Sarasola and Portu. The latter suspect remained in hospital Tuesday recovering from injuries sustained during his arrest.

Meanwhile, British authorities yesterday extradited to Spain three alleged ETA members arrested in the northern English city of Sheffield in April last year.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / Ángeles Espinosa 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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