Incident Summary:

10/30/2000: Judge Jose Francisco Querol, a member of the Spanish Court's Military Tribunal, his driver and bodyguard died instantly in a massive car bomb explosion in a residential area of Madrid. At least 30 people were also injured. The Basque separatist group Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) was blamed for the attack.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Spanish Court's Military Tribunal
Specific Description Judge Jose Francisco Querol
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 Vehicle
Weapon Details
A massive car bomb was used.
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 No group claimed responsibility soon after the attack. However, Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA) normally does not claim responsibility for its attacks until days or weeks afterwards. A spokesman for Euskal Herritarrok, ETA's political wing, said the attack was proof that Spain and France could not deal with the Basque problem.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Spanish judge killed in car bomb, ETA suspected,” AFX News Limited, October 30, 2000.
“Latest bomb brings ETA killings this year to 19,” Agence France Presse, October 30, 2000.
“Car bomb blamed on ETA kills Spanish supreme court judge,” Agence France Presse, October 30, 2000.