Tuesday, May 07, 2013 3:30 am
France: 6 suspected Basque separatists detained
The Associated Press
The Interior Ministry says the six were detained Tuesday. Unusually, the three sites lay beyond traditional Basque country in southwest France: Blois in central France, Montpellier near the Mediterranean coast, and Brive-la-Gaillarde, northeast of Bordeaux.
The ministry, in a statement, describes the six as "active members of clandestine ETA cells." The statement does not provide other details.
ETA has been blamed for more than 800 killings in a campaign for an independent Basque state in Spain and France. Waves of arrests by French and Spanish authorities have weakened ETA in recent years.