Three ETA suspects held in Basque Country: radio

29th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police in Spain's northern Basque Country Wednesday arrested three suspected members of the armed separatist organisation ETA, Spanish national radio reported.

The three were held in the town of Villabona, the radio said, quoting anti-terrorist sources.

Spanish police would not confirm the report, saying only that an operation was ongoing.

The operation comes some 24 hours after the arrests of seven suspected members of ETA's international arm, Askapena.

ETA is blamed for 829 deaths in more than 40 years of fighting for an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.

The Spanish government has vowed to eradicate ETA unless it unilaterally and unconditionally renounces violence and disarms.

It has rejected a series of ETA statements in past weeks offering a ceasefire in the right conditions.

The government believes its campaign against ETA, with dozens of arrests made in cooperation with forces in other countries, particularly France, has seriously weakened ETA's operational capacity.

© 2010 AFP

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