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Bomb material found in suspected ETA killers' car

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French police have found the getaway car of three suspected ETA members who shot dead a Spanish policeman yesterday morning. A substance that can be used to make bombs was found inside the Peugeot 307, which was abandoned in Mont-de-Marsan in south-west France.

The shooting took place earlier in the day in nearby Capbreton. It left one undercover Guardia Civil officer dead and another in a serious condition in hospital. They were shot at close range as they got into their car outside a cafeteria and were thought to be unarmed. The hunt is now on for two men and a woman believed to members of ETA, the Basque separatist movement.

French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said authorities were employing significant resources to track down the killers. Her Spanish counterpart, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba explained that the victims were taking part in a routine joint mission with the French gendarmerie and that their task was to monitor ETA activity and identify the group’s members.

ETA, classed by the EU as a terrorist organisation, has not been held responsible for a killing on French soil for over 30 years. Several suspected members have been arrested in France since the group ended a 15-month ceasefire in June.