EventsEventsPodcasts
Loader

Find Us

ADVERTISEMENT

ETA leader arrested in southwestern France - Spanish officials

ETA leader arrested in southwestern France - Spanish officials
Copyright 
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

The head of the Basque militant separatist group ETA is said to have been arrested in south-western France.

ADVERTISEMENT

The head of the Basque militant separatist group ETA is said to have been arrested in south-western France.

Mikel Irastorza was detained in Ascain, a village near the Pyrenees mountains, according to the Spanish interior ministry.

In a statement, it said the 41-year-old had been on the run from authorities and is the leader of the illegal organisation.

The ministry said the investigation remains open, and there could be further arrests.

Formed in the late 1950s, ETA has been aiming to establish an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southern France.

It killed hundreds of people over several decades through bombings and execution-style killings.

Scores of ETA members have been arrested in recent years, severely weakening the group.

It called a unilateral ceasefire in 2011 and pledged to turn in its weapons

Share this articleComments

You might also like

French hostage Louis Arnaud returns home after two years' imprisonment in Iran

French centre-right leader Ciotti calls for pact with far right in surprise move

100 year old US war veteran marries his 96 year old sweetheart