French police uncover a cache of weapons and explosives used by the Basque separatist group, ETA.
ETA, which is considered a terrorist group by the State Department and the European Union, has killed more than 825 people since the late 1960's for an independent Basque homeland. A large stash of weapons was found on Thursday near a village in the Herault region of southern France including pistols, explosives, and detonators belonging to ETA.
French and Spanish police have been working together closely since the ETA bombings in Majorca, Spain and the Spanish mainland. On Friday, with help from Madrid, French police discovered two more arms caches, containing more arms and explosives in the town of Ferrals-les-Montagne and Vieussan in southern France.
French officials said the weapon discoveries had "dealt a very big blow" to ETA's supply network. "This is naturally a very positive sign in the struggle against ETA, and proof of the high quality of cooperation between French and Spanish authorities," said France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeaux. Since the discovery, ETA hasn't been hiding their weapons as great amounts inside large, crowded cities anymore.
Three suspects of the ETA are arrested in France.
Close to the day of the discovery of the ETA weapons, French police arrest three members of ETA in the Alpine resort of Villarembert-le-Corbier. The names of the three suspects are Alberto Machain Beraza, Aitzol Etxaburu, and Andoni Sarasola. They are suspected in belonging to ETA's military wing, responsible for providing arms and explosives for attacks in Spain. Alberto Machain Beraza, is thought to be included assisting the attack in Majorca. He was among six ETA suspects on a wanted list released by the Spanish government after the July bombings.
“It’s obvious that ETA will try to attack again,” Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba told in a news conference in Madrid. “The security forces must work so that they don’t succeed, and we must continue until we’ve finished with the terrorists.”
Here are some questions to consider:
- How do you think these events have changed the thought of policeman in Spain and France?
- Why do you think Mr. Rubalcaba said that it's obvious that Eta will try to attack again?
- How do think these events will help the Spanish and French dig further into the case of ETA?
- Where or how do you think ETA is hiding their weapons now?