Leader of Eta Basque rebels arrested in France

The political leader of the Basque separatist group Eta has been arrested in the French Alps after 17 years on the run.

In a joint French-Spanish police operation, Josu Ternera – whose real name is José Antonio Urrutikoetxea – was arrested in Sallanches.

He went on the run in 2002, accused over several Eta killings.

Eta declared a ceasefire in 2011. It waged a violent campaign for Basque independence for more than 40 years.

Spanish prosecutors allege that he was involved in a car bomb attack outside a Civil Guard barracks in December 1987, which killed 11 people, including five children.

From 1989 to 2000 he was held in French and Spanish jails.

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