Two top ETA terror chiefs arrested in French police raid

Sources claim third terror chief held after police stake out property in Pyrenees

LAST UPDATED: 22 Sep, 2015 @ 17:13

ETA’S two top terrorists have been arrested in France.

David Pla and Iratxe Sorzabal, believed to be the Basque group’s leaders, were detained by French police working alongside Spain’s Guardia Civil.

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They were seized in Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry in the south-west Pyrenees area.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz says four people were arrested in the operation, calling it a ‘death certificate for ETA’.

“Two belong to ETA’s political leadership, the topmost leaders and the most wanted,” he said.

Another man arrested is believed to be either Josu Ternera, a high-profile ETA terror chief, or his son.

Counter-terrorism sources say police staked out the property for several days, believing the group’s entire leadership was inside.

Pla and Sorzabal were two of the three masked terrorists who read out ETA’s 2011 statement announcing the end of their violent campaign.


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