Militant group ETA surrenders weapons stockpile locations to French police

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By NTD Newsroom
April 8, 2017World News
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Basque militant group ETA effectively ended an armed half-a-century-long separatist campaign on April 8.

It lead French police and bomb disposal experts to locations where its weapons, explosives, and ammunition were hidden in Bayonne.

Mediators said the stockpiles contained 120 firearms, about 3 tons of explosives, and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

The Spanish government said the handover of weapons was positive but insufficient. It called on the group to formally dissolve and apologize to its victims.

A Spanish government source said Madrid did not believe the group would hand over all its arms. Spain’s state prosecutor has asked the High Court to examine the collected firearms as possible murder weapons used in hundreds of unresolved cases.

The Basque conflict, also known as the Spain–ETA conflict, was an armed and political conflict between Spain and the Basque National Liberation Movement, a group of social and political Basque organizations, which sought independence from Spain and France.

The movement was built around the separatist organization ETA, which since 1959 has launched a campaign of attacks against Spanish administrations.

 

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