‘Eta military chief’ Arriola arrested in France

The suspected head of Spain’s armed Basque separatist group Eta has been arrested in northern France.

Alejandro Zobaran Arriola and three other Eta suspects were seized by French police at a holiday cottage in a remote village near the Belgian border.

One of the other three detainees is also thought to be a senior militant.

Eta’s campaign for independence for the Basque region has cost more than 800 lives since 1968 but it called a halt to armed attacks last year.

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