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Spain honours police killed in suspected ETA attack

Spain honours police killed in suspected ETA attack
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The Spanish parliament, gathered for constitution day celebrations, has held a minute’s silence in memory of two policemen suspected to have been killed by ETA.

Addressing the victims, their families and all the victims of terrorism, parliament president Manuel Marin expressed his deepest affection, lasting memory and respect.

Thousands of people, including the leader of the Basque regional government Juan Jose Ibarretxe, also gathered outside town halls nationwide at midday for five minutes’ silence in memory of the victims.

The two young civil guards were shot near the French Basque country on Saturday. One was killed outright, the other died after four days in a coma.

Two of the three suspected attackers were arrested in a village in southern France on Wednesday. One of them is a convicted ETA member. His partner is one of Spain’s most sought-after ETA suspects. A third person remains at large.

France says it has evidence confirming the couple’s implication in the fatal shooting.

The attack has drawn condemnation from across the political spectrum and sparked mass anti-ETA demonstrations.