Arms cache linked to ETA found in southwest France

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French police believe a weapons and explosives cache discovered belongs to the armed Basque separatist group ETA.

Paris – French police believe a weapons and explosives cache discovered in southwest France at the weekend belongs to the armed Basque separatist group ETA, officials said Monday.

Several kilos of explosives, 12 handguns, an automatic pistol and a large quantity of ammonium nitrate used in bomb-making were found at the site near the village of Pinderes, officials told AFP.

"This is an important cache, with pistols, munitions, licence plates and explosives," said Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba during a visit to the Canary Islands.

"This is an important blow to the terrorist organisation," he said.

Police were acting on a tip-off from French intelligence agencies and found the hidden arms by a forest road, hidden underground in sealed containers covered by ferns.

ETA, considered a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States, is blamed for the deaths of 825 people in its 40-year campaign to carve a Basque homeland out of northern Spain and southwestern France.

AFP / Expatica

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