Suspected ETA military chief arrested in France

Other News Materials 17 November 2008 08:48 (UTC +04:00)

The suspected head of military operations of Basque separatist rebel group ETA has been arrested in south western France, the French interior ministry said on Monday, Reuters reported.

Garikoitz Asiazu Rubina, known by his alias "Txeroki," was arrested in France's mountainous Pyrenean region, near the Spanish border, the interior ministry statement said. Spanish media reported his first name as Garkoitz.

The ministry said Rubina was suspected of having killed two Spanish civil guard police in December 2007.

"This arrest shows again the resolute commitment of the French police and gendarmerie in the fight against all forms of terrorism and illustrates once again the excellent co-ooperation between France and Spain in the fight against Basque terrorism," the statement said.