French police discover ETA weapons cache

French police have discovered an arms cache of the Basque separatist group ETA in Biarritz in the south of the country, Spanish media reported Tuesday

French police discover ETA weapons cache
French police have discovered an arms cache of the Basque separatist group ETA in Biarritz in the south of the country, Spanish media reported Tuesday.

The weapons comprised three pistols, two bombs ready for use, more than 100 kilos of deteriorated explosives, timers and detonators. They were found inside a garage which a suspected ETA member had rented for half a year, paying in advance.

When the garage owner did not hear anything more from the man, he went inside the garage, discovered the weapons and alerted police. The man who rented the garage was believed to be ETA's logistics chief Juan Cruz Maiza, who was detained in July.

The discovery of the cache was yet another blow for ETA, more than 20 of whose activists have been captured since it ended its 14-month ceasefire in June.

Police have seized hundreds of kilos of explosives, foiling several attacks.

ETA has killed two people in the past four years. They were two Ecuadorian immigrants killed in a December 30, 2006 car bombing, which led to the collapse of an incipient peace process between the group and the Spanish government.

ETA is blamed for more than 800 deaths in its campaign of nearly four decades for an independent Basque country.

DPA
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