Incident Summary:

6/25/2000: Individuals claiming to be from the Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) detonated a car bomb in the Las Arenas quarter of Getxo, in the northern Basque region, Spain. Police received a tip from the assailants in advance of the explosion and managed to close off the street before the explosion. At least four people were injured in the attack and the street and surrounding cars suffered damage. Sources believed that the attack was intended to intimidate business people living in the area to pay a ransom or "revolutionary tax" to the ETA. It is possible the assailants were targeting one family, the Delclaux, who had failed to pay full ransom for their son.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Location Details:
The Las Arenas quarter of Getxo, in the northern Basque region, Spain

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the Las Arenas quarter of Getxo
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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
The car bomb was placed in a white Mercedes
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 injured; one source states that four people were injured and one source states that five were injured. There is also conflicting information concerning the target; the government claims that the targets were business people living in the area while media sources state that the target was a particular family.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Car bomb injures four in Spain's Basque region," Dow Jones International News, June 24, 2000.
"Several injured as car bomb explodes in northern Spain," Agence France-Presse, June 25, 2000.
"Report: car bomb aimed at scaring wealthy Basque family," Associated Press, June 26, 2000.