Incident Summary:

07/12/2000: The Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) exploded a huge car bomb exploded in the heart of Madrid's main shopping district, injuring eight people. The ETA claimed responsibility for the attack in a pre-incident phone call.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



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 Indiscriminate civilians in Madrid's main shopping district
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The attack was carried out by 15 kg of explosives that were packed in a vehicle and set to explode at a specific time by a timer.
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 ETA called the police threatening that a bomb would explode in 30 minutes, but it instead exploded 15 minutes after the call. This is a common tactic used by ETA, and may be intended to kill police responding to the threat.
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 / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Adela Gooch, “ETA bombs Madrid: Eight hurt in early morning blast,” The Guardian (London), July 13, 2000.
“Car bomb injures 9 in central Madrid,” The New York Times News Service, July 13, 2000.