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Posted on 08/21/2010 1:07:48 PM PDT by csvset
Belgian police have arrested a 29-year-old alleged member of the Basque separatist group ETA in the northern port city of Ostend, according to a statement by the Spanish Interior Ministry.
Spains Interior Ministry says Belgian police have arrested an alleged member of Basque separatist group ETA in the northern port city of Ostend.
A ministry statement says Luis Maria Zengotitabengoa was arrested early Saturday by police acting on information provided by their Spanish counterparts.
The 29-year-old is the subject of a European arrest warrant issued by Spains National Court on suspicion of transporting explosives to Portugal on behalf of ETA earlier this year.
He is also suspected of being linked to an ETA hideout in Obidos, Portugal, where police found 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilograms) of explosives in February.
ETA is blamed for killing more than 825 people since the late 1960s in a violent campaign for an independent Basque state
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Portugal police find ‘Eta bomb-making cache’
BBC ^ | 6 February 2010 | Staff
Posted on February 6, 2010 1:00:08 PM PST by csvset
Portuguese police have seized half a tonne of explosives at a house that they say was being used as a base by Basque separatist group Eta.
The discovery, which also included bomb-making equipment, was made in the central Portugal town of Obidos. Fake licence plates, detonators and maps were also found, officials said. A militant group fighting for an independent Basque homeland, Eta has been blamed for more than 820 deaths during its campaign in Spain. “The material was stored in secure conditions which indicates the work of professionals,” local police chief Helder Barros said.
Several of the explosives were ready to be used, he added. The cache was found after the two occupants of a van fled when officers from the National Republican Guard, which patrols rural Portugal, tried to flag it down outside the town, a popular tourist destination. Last month two Eta suspects fled into Portugal before being arrested by local police. The BBC’s Alison Roberts, in Lisbon, says that the discovery appears to confirm what many have suspected for some time - that Eta is using sites in Portugal to prepare attacks in Spain.
Our correspondent says that the relentless pursuit of the group by security forces in both Spain and France may have forced it across the border into Portugal.
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“Terror suspect from Spain arrested in Belgium”
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 21, 2010 6:22 a.m. EDT
SNIPPET: “Luis Maria Zengotitabengoa, an alleged member of the terrorist ETA group, was captured by Belgian police as he checked into a hotel in the city of Ostend.”
SNIPPET: “His brother Andoni was arrested in March at the Lisbon airport before boarding a plane to Venezuela using a fake Mexican passport.”