By Teresa Larraz/agencies

MADRID AND PARIS
FRENCH anti-terror officers seized three suspected militants from the Basque separatist group ETA yesterday in a dawn raid on an apartment in an Alpine ski resort.

Shortly after the arrests, French police found a weapons cache holding more than 100 kilos (220 pounds) of explosives hundreds of kilometres away, Spain's Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told reporters in Madrid.

He named the suspects as Alberto Machain - whose photograph was circulated in July following the deadly Palmanova car bomb attack last month - alleged senior ETA leader Aitzol Etxaburu and Andoni Sarasola.

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