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Spain captures 'airport bombers'

Investigators in debris after 30 Dec 2006 Madrid airport bombing
The blast killed two Ecuadoreans sleeping in parked vehicles

The Spanish government says two men arrested in the Basque Country are suspected of carrying out the deadly 2006 Madrid airport bombing.

The blast in a car park killed two Ecuadoreans and wrecked peace talks with the Basque separatist group Eta.

Martin Sarasola and Igor Portu were arrested on Sunday.

"These are the people who caused the explosion which killed two people in Terminal Four," Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said.

Mr Portu was hospitalised with a broken rib and punctured lung after police said he had resisted arrest.

Another suspected Eta member still on the run is also accused of involvement in the 30 December 2006 attack.

The deaths of the Ecuadorean migrants at the Barajas airport multi-storey car park were the first attributed to Eta in more than three years.

The armed separatists had declared a permanent ceasefire in March 2006. The group seeks an independent state in northern Spain and south-west France.

After the airport bombing Eta admitted responsibility and said the deaths were unintended. Eta formally called off its ceasefire in June 2007.

The interior ministry said a sketch map found on one of the two arrested on Sunday led police to 125kg (275 pounds) of bomb-making materials in a cache in the northern province of Huesca.

Eta has been blamed for killing more than 800 people in its campaign, which has lasted more than three decades.

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