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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 July, 2003, 12:01 GMT 13:01 UK
ETA suspects held near Pamplona
Pamplona bull run
An ETA bomb was left in Pamplona
Two suspected Basque separatists have been arrested near the Spanish town of Pamplona, days after a bomb was planted in a tourist hotel at the height of the annual bull-running festival.

Explosives, guns, timers and detonators were also found, officials said.

Media reports said the arrest may be linked to the Pamplona bombing, but officials have not confirmed the suggestion.

A total of 150kg (330lb) of explosives were found in the raid, including 30kg which had been prepared for imminent use, said Interior Minister Angel Acebes.

The haul was found in a flat in the town of Berriozar, not far from Pamplona.

As well as the device in a Pamplona hotel, ETA's other recent attacks in Navarre have included the killing of two policemen in a car bomb in Sanguesa on 30 May.

Post-election attacks

A series of attacks blamed on ETA has been carried out since elections on 25 May in which Batasuna, labelled by the government as ETA's political wing, was banned from taking part.

The device in Pamplona had been planted in a basement toilet in a town centre hotel.

It was defused after a caller claiming to represent ETA gave a telephone warning.

ETA has been blamed for killing more than 800 people in its long campaign for an independent Basque homeland.


SEE ALSO:
Pamplona hotel bomb defused
14 Jul 03  |  Europe
Explosion at Spanish resort
09 Aug 02  |  Europe
Two more bombs rock Spain
22 Jun 02  |  Europe
Tourists defy the bombs
11 Jul 02  |  UK News


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