Pyrénées-Atlantiques: discovery of explosives in a "probable old ETA cache"

The Pau prosecutor’s office announced on Saturday that it had discovered five canisters of explosives in Accous at the end of July in “a probable former ETA cache”.

Five canisters of explosives, probably constituting an “old cache” of the Basque separatist organization ETA, were discovered at the end of July in Accous, a mountain town in Béarn, the Pau prosecution said on Saturday.

These old explosives, discovered on July 29 by a farmer in a stone wall bordering an isolated plot of this town in the Aspe valley, were then “removed” by a team of deminers, added the public prosecutor of Pau Cécile Gensac, confirming information from the newspaper South West.

According to the mayor of Accous Dany Barraud, who went there the evening of the discovery, the mention “ammonium nitrate” and the weight were written in Basque on all the “jerricans”, estimated at around thirty kilograms each.

“Probable old ETA cache”

This “probable former ETA cache” according to the prosecution, is “in an area where people leave their vehicles for hiking or mountain pastures”, a sector “regularly burned, which could have been much more serious in the event badly controlled burning”, explained the mayor.

The Pau prosecutor’s office has relinquished the investigation to the benefit of the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office.

Created in 1959 under the Spanish dictatorship of Franco, ETA is accused of having killed at least 853 people during four decades of violence in the name of the independence of the Basque Country. In 2018, the organization announced its self-dissolution, after laying down its arms.

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