Incident Summary:

01/10/1999: A Spanish Civil Guard paramilitary policeman was injured in a petrol bomb attack in the industrial town of Eibar, Spain. The policeman was on guard duty when he confronted two individuals who threw the petrol bomb at him. The government viewed recent violence as a deliberate tactic by the Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) to maintain tension despite its ceasefire decision on September 1998.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Civil Guard
Specific Description A Spanish Civil Guard paramilitary policeman
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A petrol bomb was used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Threat to Basque Peace: Bomb injures Civil Guard man,” Financial Times, January 11, 1999.
“Spanish Policeman Injured in Basque Petrol Bomb Attack,” Madrid EFE, January 10, 1999.