Spanish police find more ETA explosives: reports

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Spanish police found more explosives Friday linked to the arrest of three suspected members of the Basque separatists group ETA two days earlier, reports said.

The explosives were found in a garage in the city of San Sebastian in the northeastern Basque region after a search of more than four hours, public television TVE reported.

One of the three suspected members of an ETA commando cell detained on Wednesday, Xabier Atristain Gorosabel, was present during the police search of the garage.

He was flown by helicopter to San Sebastian from Madrid where he is being held in jail, images broadcast on TVE showed.

Police found 101 kilos (223 pounds) of explosives, eight detonators, 10 timers, a gun as well as various equipment used to make bombs during a search Wednesday of a garage used by the three in the Basque town of Villabona.

ETA is blamed for 829 deaths in its 42-year campaign for independence for the Basque region of northern Spain and southwestern France.

Earlier this week police arrested seven suspected members of ETA's international arm, Askapena.

Police arrested nine leaders of Ekin, an ETA support group banned by Spain's National Court in 2007, on September 14.

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.

ETA announced a "permanent ceasefire" in March 2006 and started tentative peace talks with Madrid.

But in December 2006 it set off a bomb in a car park at Madrid's airport, killing two men, and in June 2007 it formally called off that ceasefire, citing a lack of concessions by the government in peace talks.

© 2010 AFP

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