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Basque separatists ETA hand list of arms caches to French police

Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 00:50

An international watchdog group confirms that Basque separatist group ETA has handed over the location sites of their weapons to French authorities. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Basque militant group ETA handed a list of eight arms caches to the French police through intermediaries, Ram Manikkalingam, the chairman of the International Verification Commission (IVC), told reporters in the French city of Bayonne on Saturday (April 8). The surrender of its weapons is expected to end the group's more than four decades of armed struggle that gained it notoriety as one of Europe's most intractable separatist movements. The hidden caches could include about 130 handguns and two tonnes of explosives, according to French anti-terrorism experts. The orchestrated handover in Bayonne will not dissolve the group, which declared a ceasefire in 2011 after killing more than 850 people during a campaign for an independent state in northern Spain and southwest France.

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Basque separatists ETA hand list of arms caches to French police

Saturday, April 08, 2017 - 00:50