ETA suspects arrested in San Sebastian, Spain

Spanish police have arrested three ETA suspects this morning in a flat in San Sebastian in the latest of a series of arrests which have taken place over the past few days. The three suspects were armed and according to sources quoted by Cadena Ser, preparing to launch a terrorist attack in the Basque Country.

Yesterday police arrested two Basques who tried to escape from one of the police road controls set up in the Basque region over the Easter period. They had dozens of ETA “zutabes” (bulletins printed by the terrorist group to instruct collaborators) in their car and are suspected of collaborating with ETA.

And on Tuesday Jose Segurola Querejeta, suspected of being one of the new leaders of the terrorist group, was arrested in France together with Miren Itxaso Saldúa. According to the Spanish Interior Minister José Antonio Alonso, at the time of their arrest the Basques were found with guns, false documents and car number plates and materials to make explosives similar to the bombs used by ETA in its latest terrorist attacks.

Security has been increased during holy week in Spain in an attempt to avoid any repetition of ETA attacks on tourist destinations during the holiday period. Spanish police have set up road checkpoints on all major roads to and from the Basque country and on access roads to Spain’s major tourist resorts.