King Juan Carlos of Spain has paid his respects at the funeral of an undercover police officer, killed by gunmen suspected to be from the guerilla group ETA. They gave 24-year-old Raul Centeno full military honours at the Guardia Civil HQ in Madrid. Spain’s most senior dignitaries turned out to comfort the young officer’s family.
Centeno’s colleague, 23-year-old Fernando Trapero, is lying in intensive care, where doctors believe he too is brain dead. It is the first murder by the outlawed group ETA in almost a year. They have been waging a violent campaign for Basque independence for four decades.
The pair had been on a surveillance mission with French police in Capbreton, not far over the border in France. According to the French government they bumped into their targets by chance when they stopped for a coffee. The officers were shot point-blank as they got to their car.