ETA suspects questioned over shooting of police officer

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Basque police on Tuesday said they had arrested two suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA in connection with the killing of a police office in 2003.

Gurutz Agirresarobe Pagola and Aitziber Ezkerra Segurajauregi were taken in for questioning overnight from Monday to Tuesday, a statement said.

The pair had been "involved" in the killing of Joseba Pagazaurtundua, 45, February 8, 2003, the statement alleged. The married father-of-two was shot four times and died several hours later in hospital.

ETA, which is listed as a terrorist group by the European Union and the United States, has been held responsible for the death of 829 people in its over 40-year-old campaign of gun and bomb attacks on mainly Spanish targets.

The group has not staged an attack on Spanish soil since August 2009.

It formally called off a 2006 ceasefire in June 2007 citing a lack of progress in its tentative peace talks with the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero.

© 2010 AFP

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