Spanish and Portuguese authorities are to join forces to crackdown on ETA activities after it emerged the Basque separatist group may have established a cell in southern Portugal. Spain’s interior minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said there was evidence that suggested ETA acquired the vehicles in Portugal that were used in Friday’s car bomb attacks on a police station in Durango, Spain.
Speaking on Spanish radio he said: “We will reinforce the cooperation that already exists between the two countries and form an investigation team including police, judges and prosecutors from both countries.”
In June Spanish police found a car packed with explosives in Ayamonte, a town two kilometres from the Portuguese border, they believe it was abandoned by ETA members planning an attack. The vehicle was rented in Portugal. Over the weekend in France a rucksack full of explosives was found in the town of Souraide. At the same time a bomb factory was uncovered close to Roanne both are thought to be linked to ETA.