Incident Summary:

11/11/2000: Five police officers were seriously injured and another six suffered minor injuries in an explosion near the Civil Guard barracks in Intxaurrondo on the outskirts of San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain. At least two grenade launchers were discovered near the barracks; when officers attempted to examine them, a booby-trapped grenade exploded. Authorities state that the incident was perpetrated by the group Basque Fatherland and Freedom (ETA).




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Basque Country

Donostia-San Sebastian

Location Details:
The Civil Guard barracks in Intxaurrondo on the outskirts of San Sebastian

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Civil Guard and police
Specific Description Members of the Civil Guard and police who attempted to examine the grenade launchers
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the vicinity of the grenade launchers
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
Grenade launchers with a booby-trapped grenade set to explode upon inspection
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 One source states that two of the injured were civilians; however, another source states that this was denied by authorities. Sources also make reference to the possibility that several grenades had been launched prior to the finding of the grenade launchers and the triggering of the booby-trap.
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 0 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Five injured in explosion in Basque country," Agence France-Presse, November 11, 2000."
"William Schomberg, "Suspected ETA boobytrap bomb injures 11 in Spain," Reuters, November 11, 2000."
"Nine police and two bystanders injured in grenade explosion in Basque region," Associated Press, November 11, 2000."