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French police arrest two ETA suspects at arms dump

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French police arrest two ETA suspects at arms dump


Police in the French city of Montpellier have arrested two men suspected of being members of the Basque separatists group ETA.

The two were were stopped near Ales after being chased in their car by police. Iurgi Mendinueta is thought to be the number two in ETA’s military wing. He was arrested with Joanes Larretxea. The arrests come as a result of a police surveillance operation on a suspected arms cache in a nearby wooded area. In a separate development a 29-year-old Spanish man was detained near Pau in southwest France after turning himself in with an apparent gunshot wound to the hand. Earlier in the Spanish town of Alicante, a hiker found a suspicious container on a hillside which police have since reported contained bomb-making equipment.

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