Spain arrests suspected Galician separatists

3rd December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish police said Saturday they were holding six suspected members of a Galician organisation seeking independence for the northwestern region, who were thought to be plotting attacks.

"National police agents arrested two suspected members of the terrorist Resistencia Galega" in Lugo in the centre of the province, a statement said.

Four other people were arrested at Vigo and Santiago de Compostela in an operation launched Wednesday which had turned up explosive devices.

Other items seized at the homes of those arrested included documents, electronic items and a jerrycan of petrol.

Police said the three men and three women aged between 25 and 34 were suspected of being behind a series of recent incendiary attacks in Galicia which caused no casualties.

The six will be brought before an anti-terrorist judge in Madrid next week.

While not as well known or active as the Basque separatist group ETA, radical groups seeking independence for the remote and rugged Galicia region, which has its own language and distinct culture, have sometimes used acts of violence to promote their cause.

© 2011 AFP

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