Suspected ETA member arrested in Germany

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Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5:06 PM

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say they have arrested a suspected member of the Basque separatist group ETA who has been on the run since 2004.

The criminal police office in Hesse state said the 49-year-old Spanish citizen, whom it didn't identify, was arrested Friday in the southwestern city of Mannheim.

It said he is suspected of having been a high-ranking logistical expert for ETA and is accused of acquiring and producing explosives for attacks.

The man has been convicted in France of membership in a terrorist organization and preparing attacks. German authorities said he'll be extradited to France.

ETA declared what it called a "permanent ceasefire" in 2011. It's blamed for killing some 830 people in a campaign for a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.