French policeman killed in suspected ETA attack

On Tuesday, a French police officer was killed in an encounter with suspected ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) members in theParis suburb of Seine-et-Marne.

According to French police officials, the assailants opened fire on the police officer who tried to stop a speeding car near a garage in Dammarie-les-Lys, east of Paris at around 7.15 p.m. (1815 GMT). A police spokesman said two of the assailants managed to flee in a stolen vehicle, while the third suspect was nabbed and has been identified as Joseba Fernandez Aizpurúa.

Meanwhile, police launched a man hunt on Tuesday night and an anti-terrorism magistrate joined the operation. The incident followed last month’s arrest of senior ETA leader Ibon Gogeascoechea in Cahan city in the Lower Normandy region along with two other ETA members.