One day after the arrest in southern France of three presumed activists of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, two houses in the region were badly damaged by bombs, French media reported on Tuesday.
The bombings took place in the town of Guetary in the French Basque region, not far from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, where on Monday three ETA suspects were arrested.
No one was injured in the bombings. French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie condemned the attacks as "cowardly."
The three ETA members were held near a van which one of them was about to hand over to the two others, Spanish reports said. The van contained 165 kilos of materials for making explosives.
It was believed ETA intended to take the car across the border to the northern Spanish region of Navarre, which borders on the Basque region, to stage an attack.
On June 21, Spanish police discovered an abandoned car containing 115 kilos of explosive materials near Huelva, a few kilometres from the Portuguese border.
Police had earlier warned of an imminent attack after ETA ended a 14-month ceasefire on June 6.
Two suspected ETA activists were meanwhile detained in Lagny-sur-Marne, north of Paris in a routine police check, Spanish police sources said.
The two, who were carrying a CD with the logo of ETA on it, were travelling in a van, France-Info radio reported.
Spanish reports said there appeared to be no connection between the arrests in Paris and in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
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