EIBAR, Spain (AP) _ A restaurant owner was shot and killed in this Basque town near San Sebastian in what provincial government officials said appeared to be the work of the Basque separatist group ETA.

According to witnesses, one or two men shot and killed Sebastian Azpiri, 38, as he walked to his restaurant on Wednesday night.

ETA has claimed responsibility for the deaths of three policemen and a retired general so far this year.

Since taking up arms in 1968, the separatist group has claimed more than 600 killings in its campaign to seek independence from Spain for the three- province Basque region in northern Spain.