Spain: Bagged in Bayonne

Bagged in Bayonne

His face obscured by a helmet, a dark figure climbed off his motorcycle and strode toward a house in a village outside Bayonne in southwest France. Before he reached the door, gunfire erupted, and within minutes French authorities captured the notorious leader of the Basque hard-liners, Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea (alias: Josu Ternera), 38. The arrest last week of the ETA (Basque Homeland and Liberty) terrorist was hailed as a major breakthrough in a three-year Franco-Spanish offensive against Basque extremists fighting for independence in Spain.

Josu Ternera is thought to have been responsible for the assassination of the Spanish Prime Minister in...

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