Suspected ETA pair held in France as second shooting victim dies

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Suspected ETA pair held in France as second shooting victim dies

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Two ETA suspects have been arrested in connection with what is now a double murder, after a second Spanish police officer died of gunshot wounds.

A man and a woman were detained in France, where the fatal shooting occurred. Reports say the pair were armed and carrying a large amount of money.

The arrests took place in the southern French village of Chateauneuf-de-Randon, four days after the undercover policemen were shot at point blank range in Capbreton near Biarritz. A third suspect remains at large.

Speaking on a visit to Italy, Spain’s prime minister congratulated French and Spanish security forces as well as the government in Paris.

Having once launched a peace process with ETA, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is now rejecting any possibility of dialogue with the Basque separatists who formally ended their ceasefire in June.

The Spanish leader’s comments came as Fernando Trapero was pronounced dead by doctors in the southern French city of Bayonne.

The 23-year-old had been in a coma and apparently brain dead after Saturday’s shooting.

He and his colleague Raul Centeno were shot after a chance encounter with ETA susupects they had been watching in a joint operation with French police. Centeno, 24, was killed outright.

On Tuesday, Spanish politicians from the left and right expressed their outrage alongside thousands of other people in an anti-ETA protest in Madrid.