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Weapons Seized, Arrests Made During Anti-ETA Operation in France

© AFP 2021 / GAIZKA IROZFrench gendarmes block the access to a house were the most senior leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, Mikel Irastorza was found in the French town of Ascain, in the Pyrenees region bordering Spain, on November 5, 2016.
French gendarmes block the access to a house were the most senior leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, Mikel Irastorza was found in the French town of Ascain, in the Pyrenees region bordering Spain, on November 5, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Three people were arrested in the French southwestern Pyrenees-Atlantiques department during an operation to seize arms of the Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) Basque nationalist group, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry.

Police officers stand guard outside of a house after arresting two presumed member of the armed Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) in Osses on July 7, 2015. - Sputnik International
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MADRID (Sputnik) – Three people were arrested in the French southwestern Pyrenees-Atlantiques department during an operation to seize arms of the Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) Basque nationalist group, the Spanish Interior Ministry informed.

"The [Spanish] Civil Guard in collaboration with the [French] General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) has carried out an operation against the arms and explosives deposits of the ETA terrorist group in France," the ministry said on Friday, adding that "three persons were detained inside a house in the French town of Louhossoa, in the department of Pyrenees-Atlantiques."

The Interior Ministry did not rule out that more arrests could be made, as the operation is ongoing.

The ETA group, founded in 1959, operates in northern Spain and southwestern France. It is part of the Basque National Liberation Movement. Spain, the United Kingdom, France and the United States have branded it a terrorist organization.

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