France says arrests new ETA military leader

8/12/2008 - 18:16

PARIS (Reuters) - French police have arrested three members of Basque separatist organisation ETA including one who is believed to be the new military leader of the group, the French government said on Monday.

"Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie ... congratulates the police ... who arrested near Bagneres-de-Bigorre three members of the Basque terrorist organisation ETA, including one who has already been identified as Balak, the presumed successor to Txeroki," Alliot-Marie's office said in a statement.

Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, known by his alias "Txeroki," was arrested in France last month.

(Reporting by Anna Willard)

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