Incident Summary:

03/27/1998: Suspected members of Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) threw three grenades at military installations in San Sebastian, Spain. No one was injured, but the installation sustained significant damage.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country

Donostia-San Sebastian

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Spanish Military
Specific Description Civil Guard Barracks in San Sebastian, Spain
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
One grenade was a 40 mm caliber anti-tank grenade.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This was the first attack by the Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) since the dismantling of its Andalucia Commando.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“ETA terrorists blamed for grenade attacks,” Madrid RNE International, March 27, 1998.
“Grenades fired at police barracks in suspected ETA attacks,” The Associated Press Worldpress, March 28, 1998.
“Three grenades thrown at barracks in Basque country,” Agence France Presse, March 28, 1998.