Basque separatist leader arrested in France

The leader of the armed Basque group ETA was arrested in France on Sunday, officials said, in another setback for the separatists, who have seen five of their commanders taken into custody in the last two years.

ETA chief Ibon Gogeascoechea and two other suspected separatists were arrested in a French-Spanish police operation in the village of Cahan, France, following a long surveillance operation on a cottage that had been rented using false identification papers, said Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo PĂ©rez Rubalcaba.