Over the weekend, one of Spain’s most wanted terrorists, Luis Maria Zengotitabengoa, was arrested in Belgium. Luis Maria is an alleged member of the terrorist group ETA a Basque separatist group.
He was being sought for transporting explosives and operating a bomb-making factory in Portugal. The ETA has been tied to several bombings throughout Spain. Last year in July an ETA bombs ignited throughout the resort region of Palma killing two Spanish police and damaging several bars and a shopping centre. The most horrific act of terrorism attributed to the ETA was six years ago when 200 people were killed and 2,000 injured when bombs hidden in backpacks exploded in several crowded rush-hour trains in Madrid. It is alleged ETA worked with Islamic terrorism organizations to carry out the bombings.
The ETA has killed more than 850 people in its 50-year independence campaign seeking its own Basque state in northern Spain.