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Basque Separatist Group Claims Responsibility for Death of 758 People - Reports

© AFP 2021 / Ander GilleneaPicture shows a graffiti representing the logo of the armed Basque separatist group ETA in the northern Spanish Basque village of Bermeo
Picture shows a graffiti representing the logo of the armed Basque separatist group ETA in the northern Spanish Basque village of Bermeo - Sputnik International
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MADRID (Sputnik) - The Basque separatist group ETA, which announced its dissolution in May, claimed responsibility for having killed 758 people since the organization's founding in 1959, local media reported on Tuesday.

An internal ETA document, obtained by the Spanish Gara newspaper, revealed that during more than 50 years of its existence, the separatist group carried out 2,606 attacks, 365 of which were against the Spanish Civil Guard, 215 against police and 147 against armed forces staff. These attacks led to the death of 758 people.

Consuelo Ordonez (3rdR), sister of Spanish Popular Party (PP) councilor Gregorio Ordonez killed by ETA, Maite Pagazaurtundua (C), sister of assassinated Joseba Pagazaurtundua, South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) director Kenny Donaldson (L) hold placards during a press conference by the Association of the Victims of Terrorism of Basque Country (Covite) in the Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian on May 2, 2018. ETA is expected to announce its dissolution this weekend in a historic declaration - Sputnik International
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Yet, these figures are lower that those published by the Spanish Interior Ministry, which said that ETA was responsible for the deaths of 853 people.

ETA was founded in 1959 in Spain's Basque Country. The group pursued a violent decades-long campaign to establish an independent state in northern Spain and southwestern France. It was weakened after police arrested the majority of its members, including its leaders. Other members had to go through a process of social reintegration or leave Spain.

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In 2011, the group declared permanent ceasefire and fully disarmed in 2017.

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