French and Spanish police believe they have dealt a major blow to ETA, arresting the suspected military head of the armed Basque separatist group.
Mikel Karrera Sarobe was detained in southwestern France with two fellow ETA suspects. Spain’s Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba claims Karrera Sarobe is the most senior leader in the organisation.
The trio were taken into custody in the town of Bayonne, in a raid on an apartment where police say weapons were found. Two other people were arrested nearby, in connection with the cross-border operation.
While Karrera Sarobe was the most sought-after ETA suspect for Spain, another man being held is said to be France’s most-wanted alleged member.
Authorities believe Arkaitz Aguirregabiria may have been involved in the fatal shooting of a French policeman near Paris. Gunned down in March, Jean-Serge Nerin’s murder shocked France. He was the first French security official to be killed by ETA.