Incident Summary:

3/6/2000: A remote-controlled car bomb exploded as an armored Civil Guard patrol car passed by in the Basque country city of San Sebastian, Spain. The explosion blew apart the patrol car, injuring the two members of the Civil Guard who were inside. At least five additional civilian bystanders were also injured in the explosion. Members of the ETA, also known as Basque Homeland and Freedom, have been blamed for the attack as an attempt to influence elections.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country

Donostia-San Sebastian

Location Details:
In the Intxaurrondo neighborhood, in the Basque Country city of San Sebastian

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Civil Guard
Specific Description Members of the Civil Guard traveling in an armored car in San Sebastian
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of a Civil Guard patrol car
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A remote-controlled car bomb
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 Sources differ in the number of injured
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 / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car-bomb injures seven in Basque city," Associated Press, March 6, 2000."
"Adam Brown, "Car-bomb campaign seen unlikely to influence economy-minded voters," Associated Press, March 7, 2000."
"Spain - explosion (3rd lead) seven wounded in Basque region: ETA blamed," EFE News Service, March 6, 2000."