Incident Summary:

08/07/2000: Four Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) separatists were killed when the vehicle in which they were traveling and transporting arms/explosives in blew up in Bilbao, Spain. It is still unclear whether the car was a car-bomb being driven to its target or whether the ETA members were simply moving material elsewhere.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Unknown
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
Three pistols were found in the wreckage, and 30 kilos of explosives were exploded in the car.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Jane Walker, “ETA claims car death as further bomb injures 10,” The Irish Times, August 9, 2000.
"Spain: ETA identifies two of its members killed in Bilbao blast,” British Broadcasting Corporation, August 9, 2000.
Vaiju Naravane, “Five killed in two Basque blasts,” FT Asia Intelligence Wire, August 9, 2000.