Incident Summary:

08/20/2000: Two Spanish Civil Guard police officers were killed in northern Spain when a bomb blew up their patrol car. Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) was blamed for the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Sallent de Gallego

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Spanish Civil Guard Police
Specific Description Two Civil Guard police officers in the town of Sallent de Gallego in Huesca Province
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 bomb had been placed in a patrol car, a Jeep, to the vehicle's underside.
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 According to the interior minister, ETA was trying to respond to police actions against their organization.
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 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Two police die as ETA bombs blows up patrol vehicle,” Birmingham Post, August 21, 2000.
“Two Spanish police officers killed in suspected ETA bombing attack,” Xinhua General News Service, August 20, 2000.
“Spanish Interior Minister says Civil Guards killed by cross-border ETA commando,” Madrid EFE, August 20, 2000.